Grafton Architects UTEC University Campus in Lima, Peru
The new university campus designed by Grafton Architects with Shell Arquitectos for UTEC - Universidad de Ingenieria y Tecnologia in Lima, Peru contains clear references to Machu Picchu.
The architects propose an innovative solution for university buildings, a prevalently vertical concrete construction that looks like a composition of separate volumes, permeable to the city, light and air. This condition is permitted by the temperate climate of the city of Lima and Grafton Architects’ experimentation with space and form.
The architects designed a building in which only the spaces intended for certain definite functions - classrooms, offices, laboratories, meeting rooms and toilets – are closed volumes fitting into the building’s frame. The links and connections between different spaces are open and wind their way through the building to create a different type of space incorporating informal gathering-places for students. Campus life is visible to all, for the building is not enclosed in a wrapper, but looks like a rocky cliff with hanging gardens and panoramic terraces.
Design: Grafton Architects with Shell Arquitectos
Location: Lima, Peru
Images courtesy of RIBA, photo by Iwan Baan