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Swanke Hayden Connel


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The new Open University Library has heralded a new era in state-of-the-art study facilities, and offers an indispensable resource for both the university’s students and the local community. Working together with Galliford Try Construction and Swanke Hayden Connell architects, EAG provided the feature rooflights, external glazing and cladding comprising of curtain walling fixed within a structural opening created by a pre-cast concrete frame, with high performance glass units and aluminium composite panels located within the anodised framed apertures. The unusual “barcode” design of the façades, won EAG praise from the architectural community, whilst the articulation of this simple yet striking design allows controlled light flow into the study areas of the library.

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