FX Awards 2015: The winners

Public Sector

Winner: Psychology Department, University of Westminster

by Rock Townsend

Public Sector

Image Credit: Matt Clayton

Category sponsored by Ecophon

The aim was to relocate the Psychology Department into the university's new campus. The brief was to create a department that felt completely different to the rest of the university, which held its own identity and 'brand' and also a welcoming space for students with a variety of different workspaces.

The individual offices allow for an appropriate level of privacy between staff members and quiet space where students can work with their tutors. The central space provides a dedicated social learning area, encouraging greater interaction and collaboration between students and staff.

Rock Townsend based its design on a crisp, white laboratory feel. The choice of clean, white aesthetics contrasts with the exposed raw finishes and services of the building.

The overall ensemble creates a welcoming and inviting environment for both students and staff.

The judges said:

'This stands out for its simplicity and unity. The pared-down design and palette embrace the simple volume and exposed ceiling, creating an airy translucent space that does not compromise practicality.'

Finalists & judges' comments

EMBL-EBI South Building by Abell Nepp
'Human quality to the interior design'

Wellcome Genome Campus Shared Facilities Building by Abell Nepp
'Dynamic and fresh juxtaposition of form and colour'

St John Bosco Arts College, Liverpool by BDP
'Great space and brilliant use of colour'

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge - LHR by Dialogue 38
'Serene, serpentine shapes and spaces are calming and soothing'

Centre for Food by Gow Hastings Architects
'Interesting full-circle concept'

Bibliothèque du Boisé by Lemay
'Vast building is unified by the articulating timber ceiling'

Marylebone Library by Rock Townsend
'Exceptional natural light and varied mix of study spaces'

ST James School - DT Block by Squire and Partners
'Wonderful natural materials and creative construction details'


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