middlesex university’s executive team were taken on a tour of the ritterman building today as part of the handover of the building. bpr architects team explained the design concepts behind the building, its outlook and the links between buildings throughout the campus as part of the overall masterplan for the hendon campus. there are great views from all levels of the building, including a bio-diversity roof and living wall. the unbroken accessibility from quad entrance throughout the many levels on campus right up to the ritterman building, all confirm this building’s status as a landmark within the mu estate.
amy butt explained:
“the ritterman building provides teaching facilities for dance, fine art, interior architecture and science and technology. part of middlesex university’s on-going campus development at hendon, bpr have been delighted to continue to work with middlesex, and this building supports the university’s vision to provide innovative and inspiring spaces for their staff and students. this desire for innovation is embedded into the fabric of the building, with sustainable technologies such as the rain water fed living wall that enables the building to act as a live resource for teaching. the brief was developed in close collaboration with the school of 'science and technology' to ensure opportunities for innovative pedagogies were supported through adaptable teaching space to facilitate courses which are similarly cutting edge and include such diverse uses as virtual reality conferencing, assisted living research and robotics design. this building strives to give students the agency to develop their own modes of learning and support their design projects. opportunities to engage with the space continue out into the landscaping with external networked plinths which could host anything from student sculpture to robot battles.”