As steel buildings go, the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall at Exeter University is a fairly unique design; so much so that Prince Charles once described it as a ‘dustbin’. It has, however, recently won a design award.
According to a report on the BBC, an architectural design award was recently awarded to the Ivor Crewe Lecture hall in recognition of its status as one of the country’s most innovatively designed steel buildings. The building, which the Prince of Wales once famously described as looking like a ‘dustbin’, cost £6 million to build and is constructed predominantly of stainless steel.
Steel Buildings – Recognition of Excellence
Steel buildings are increasingly popular due to their durability and sleek design opportunities. The Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall at Exeter University is now established as one of the most recognisable steel buildings in the country and was designed by a leading architectural practice. According to the report on the BBC, the building was awarded recognition by the Civic Trust for being one of the most “elegant and simple” stainless steel buildings in the country and was noted for being a “culturally, socially and economically beneficial building.”
Steel Buildings – The Construction
Besides being one of the most unique and recognisable steel buildings in the UK, the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall is also one of the most imaginatively designed. The building is situated on a slope and sits on a grid of concrete ground beams. The roof, quite uniquely for steel buildings, not only incorporates steel beams but also laminated timber. The overall design and visual impact of the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall is what makes it one of the most striking steel buildings in the country and played a large part in its receiving of the design award. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/27/jfe-steel-vietnam-idUST9E8CN00X20120327