• Architecture
  • Education
  • Housing

John Dodgson House, Camden


This rooftop extension provides an additional 49 new bedrooms for postgraduate students in an existing University College London residence hall.

An inventive off-site volumetric modular construction was used to minimise construction time, resulting in work being completed within the span of one academic year. Each bedroom was fitted out in the factory with an en-suite bathroom pod, desk, wardrobe, and light fittings. Once in position, the units were clad with glazed facades designed to create a layered appearance through the use of natural and artificial lighting that animates the built elevations. Internally, circulation spaces have been planned to enhance students' social experience. Bedrooms are clustered to maximise natural light through rooflights above widened areas of corridors as well as a central lightwell.

Project Details:

Using modular construction to quickly and efficiently provide high quality student accommodation.

Client: University College London

Construction Value: £6.7m

Completion: 2013

Location: Camden

Image: Jack Hobhouse