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Berrick Saul Building


Location Client Cost
York, UK University of York £7.5m

Project details

An outstanding connection with nature while achieving wonderful internal study spaces.

The building is moulded around the landscape, transforming a tree at the heart of the site from a constraint into an opportunity. This postgraduate research centre links study space, teaching space and social space by a central street on a lakeside campus.

Soft forms and an intimate relationship with landscape create a calming, contemplative mood which is appropriate to its research function and which users clearly enjoy.


  • new multi-disciplinary research centre
  • integrate new building into parkland campus surrounded by blocky 1960s buildings


  • a soft, organic and sinuous building acting as a counterpoint to its neighbours
  • narrow plan and good daylighting minimise energy use

Integrated services

architecture, acoustics