University of Brighton

Brighton Photography Centre

Creating a publicly accessible campus vision, this project has transformed a dated office building into a vibrant new space for the University and the City.

In response to significant growth in student numbers, the faculty of Art at the University of Brighton is implementing a Campus concept that will consolidate their estate and open new spaces up to the public. Following an appointment to undertake a feasibility master plan, two key campus buildings were envisioned. Nex was appointed for the detailed design of the first building. At the core of the project is the transformation of an unloved 1960s office building into a vibrant, functional learning and social space for both Photography and Film students and the public.

The interior of the new building is characterised by ribbon-like walls that transition from open flowing exhibition and social spaces to enclosed specialist, teaching, and learning spaces. The ground floor is a public exhibition and event space, a hub for regional cultural partners.

The concept of artistic production is carried up through the building through vibrantly coloured stairs and circulation lobbies displaying historical photographic instruments and prints. This space offers a new shared forum of exchange for students and the city alike by bringing together learning, art, and culture.

Brighton Photography Centre
University of Brighton
December 2014
Brighton, UK
£8 Million
Alan DempseyKeti CarapuliJavier Cardos Elena
Jim Stephenson
Cost Consultant: Gardiner Theobald Structural Engineer: Buro Happold Services Engineer: Atelier 10 Project Manager: Faithful & Gould