Manchester School of Art by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Manchester School of Art

Manchester School of ArtManchester School of Art is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the UK: one of its most famous students being L S Lowry, it was established in the 19th Century to help keep the region competitive in an international market and support regional industry in a wider marketplace.
Manchester School of ArtThis remains an important objective for the Art School, and a key part of the brief was to help it bridge the gap between education and professional life.
Manchester School of ArtOur approach was to express a modern interpretation of the traditional warehouse typology which made Manchester such a success through its textile trade in the 19th century.
Manchester School of ArtThe new build element of the project comprises two key elements. The first is the working heart of the building comprising open studios, workshops and teaching spaces known as the Design Shed.
The second is the seven-storey Vertical Gallery – the link between the existing 1960s arts tower and the new studio building. This gallery provides a showcase space for students’ creations and a shop window for the faculty itself.
Manchester School of ArtThe aim of the new building is to celebrate the commonalities of the various art and design disciplines and encourage students to work alongside each other and enjoy the crossover in an open, terraced hybrid environment, rather than working in the silos common to many art and design establishments.
Manchester School of ArtWith its vast glazed façade, it is also a building that proudly showcases its students’ work to all who pass by: a ‘Window on the Arts’.
Manchester School of ArtThis major extension to the Manchester School of Art, which began life in the 1830s, has provided an engaging and lively environment for students and staff to  work and study and has helped re-assert both the Art School and the University’s profile on the national stage.
Manchester School of ArtA highly visible new Vertical Gallery space acts as a shop window providing a showcase for the School of Art to the University and the wider City.
Manchester School of ArtBehind the gallery is an interactive ‘hybrid’ studio designed to break down traditional hierarchies and foster creative collaboration between disciplines instead. Source by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio
Manchester School of ArtLocation: Cavendish Street, Manchester, UK
Architects: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio
Structural Engineer: Arup
Landscape Architect: Dan Pearson Studio
Project Manager: Turner & Townsend
M&E Engineer: Arup
Cost Consultant: Turner and Townsend
Contractor: Morgan Sindall
Area: 17320.0 sqm
Cost: £23 million
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hufton + Crow
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