• Architecture
  • Education

James Lighthill Annexe Building, Islington


Designed for UCL students, the redevelopment of this existing building provides 20 new bedrooms, two of which are wheelchair accessible. Creating much needed new accommodation in central London, the new annexe makes use of land previously considered undevelopable due to its close proximity to surrounding buildings. However, our inventive design incorporates curved translucent facade panels that allow privacy even with full height windows. Views are directed away from neighbouring rooms without diminishing natural light. Built against a boundary wall, the building completes a formally landscaped traditional college ‘quad’.

Project Details:

Providing student housing where it wasn't thought possible on a tight urban infill site in central London.

Client: University College London

Construction Value: £2m

Completion: 2006

Location: Islington

Image: Peter Cook