The Mountbatten Building
The Mountbatten Building is a pioneering new Research Centre for Nanotechnology at the University of Southampton. The building consists of new departments for the School for Optoelectronics Research Centre and the School for Electronics and Computer Science, replacing a previous facility that was destroyed by a fire in 2005.
The practice has delivered a high quality scientific research establishment to attract the best international talent and industry funding. The design consists of dynamic forms and volumes that carefully frame the outside views. The main entrance opens into a light and spacious glazed atrium with an attractive feature staircase which connects to a new external square with south facing outdoor space.
The structure is made from reinforced concrete and the façade cladding consists of curtain walling and aluminium cladding that encloses the central utilities block. The windows have a degree of solar protection provided by an opaque printed screen pattern which symbolises the scientific work carried out by both departments.