University of Huddersfield opens £30m school of art, design and architecture

The new school, named after Yorkshire-born sculptor Barbara Hepworth, was opened by the Duke of York

The University of Huddersfield has opened its brand-new £30m school of art, design and architecture.

The new building, named after Yorkshire-born sculptor Barbara Hepworth, will be used by 2,000 students when the new academic year starts.

It is the first time the disciplines of art, design and architecture will be grouped together under one roof at Huddersfield.


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The new facility includes a state-of-the-art lab equipped with a motion capture camera and 3D virtual reality technology. Inside the building there is also a materials library, textile design studios, print and dye areas, workshop areas, postgraduate research space, lecture space, and studios for photography, graphic design, product design and fashion.

The design team was inspired by origami and developed a unique cantilever structure that helps to secure the building which spans a five-metre change in levels.

The façade is covered in a laser-cut veil, inspired by the town’s textiles history. The one-of-a-kind panels minimise glare and stop the building overheating in the sunny months. Through this innovative ‘cotton-like’ veil, students look out over the canal.

The building is designed to an A-grade EPC rating.

The Barbara Hepworth Building was designed by award-winning architects, AHR.


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