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Cambridge University - North West Cambridge Development
Cambridge, Great Britain

  • architect HGP architects
  • lighting designer BDP
  • photographer Tom Niven, Amphitype
  • Representation Selux UK

Cam­bridge in the south of Eng­land is famous in par­ti­cu­lar for its uni­ver­sity. 24,500 stu­dents are cur­rently enrol­led at The Uni­ver­sity of Cam­bridge, which was foun­ded in 1209. The North West Cam­bridge Devel­op­ment is a newly built uni­ver­sity site – where the pave­ments and squa­res are now illu­mi­na­ted with Olivio.

The North West Cam­bridge Devel­op­ment – desig­ned by HGP archi­tects – is a pro­ject under the aus­pi­ces of the uni­ver­sity inten­ded to stem increa­sed accom­mo­da­tion requi-rements in the face of rising land prices in Cam­bridge. On former farm­land on a surface area of around 150 hec­ta­res, some 3000 dwel­lings, 2000 stu­dent bed­spa­ces and 100,000 m² of com­mer­cial, sci­en­ti­fic and retail space have arisen. Inclu­ded in the master plan are also a com­mu­nity centre, a health centre, a pri­mary school and kin­dergar­ten, as well as a hotel and the site’s own energy centre.

The state-of-the-art uni­ver­sity buil­dings, which have been built in the north-west of this col­le­gi­ate uni­ver­sity, are sur­roun­ded by spa­cious squa­res and linked by wide pave­ments. The light plan­ners at BDP have opted for a ligh­ting solu­tion that uses Olivio Pic­colo lumi­nai­res in brown, arran­ged on square-shaped timber columns. The use of wood – a sustai­na­ble mate­rial – in an earthy brown colour ena­bles the lumi­nai­res to form a link bet­ween the old and new parts of Cam­bridge Uni­ver­sity.

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