"What is striking about Lincoln Cathedral is its sense of clarity, its purity. Absolute simplicity is achieved by a creamy- white sculptural form. And it is the spirit of this that Mather captures. He has, he says made "a strong sculptural statement" which preserves and enhances views back to the city and the cathedral, so making sure his building becomes an integral part of the whole. A dazzling contribution is made here, a fearless, imaginative piece of work - which is just what an architecture school should be if it is to fire students' creativity."
Occupying a key site visible from all directions, the new School of Architecture has a strong sculptural presence while at the same time preserving and enhancing views back to the city. The east end of the building is cut back to reveal views up to the cathedral on the skyline beyond.
A railway line runs through the campus defining the boundary of the site to the north. To the south the site borders the Delph Drain, a balancing pond for the nearby Brayford Pool that will be re-landscaped in the next phase of the masterplan to form a central water feature, a 'water square' around which future development will be focused.
The university's objectives were for a landmark building from a constrained budget, meeting academic requirements which would signify the new campus, setting the standard for developments to follow.
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