Nex— Brighton Photography Centre Brighton


Jim Stephenson,

Brighton, UK,

Exhibition Center, Cultural Center, Art Center, University,



Nex—’s project at Brighton University revives a 1960s office block and transforms it into a high-tech centre for students in the university’s film and photography programme.

Nex— Brighton Photography Centre Brighton

London architectural studio Nex— has converted an anonymous 1960s office block into a vibrant space open to the public and a high-tech centre for students in the film and photography programme at Brighton University.

The most important result of the project is offering the city a place shared by the university, local cultural partners and the public, a result achieved by converting the building’s first two floors, and particularly the ground floor. The architects eliminated part of the ground floor to create a space two floors high and let daylight from the ribbon-like windows on the façade down to the basement level. The solution guarantees excellent lighting for the former parking lot measuring 600 square metres, transformed into a specialist photography production lab.
On the façade, long ribbon-like windows alternate with dark opaque strips corresponding to the colours in the interior: the inside walls are light in colour only in the part where the works are exhibited, while the top part is bordered by a dark strip, the same colour as the ceiling, at a height corresponding to the structure supporting the ceiling.

(Agnese Bifulco)

Contract: JCT Design and Build
Architects: Nex– www.nex-architecture.com
Design Team: Alan Dempsey (Director), with Keti Carapuli, Kwon Sung, Jakob Beer, Javier Cardos, Andreas Cesarini
QS: Gardiner Theobald
Contractor: Balfour Beatty
Client: University of Brighton
Interiors: Nex– www.nex-architecture.com
Structural engineer: Buro Happold
M&E engineer: Atelier Ten
Fire engineer: Buro Happold

Location: Brighton UK
Photo © Jim Stephenson


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