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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution in Colchester Campus, UK by C. F. Møller Architects

November 27th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: C. F. Møller Architects

Proposal for an incubator park for the social sciences at the University of Essex. The competition was to design a landmark building for the new University of Essex Knowledge Gateway, which is planned as an incubator park for the social sciences: sociology, political science, economics, and international relations. The University of Essex is the top rated university in the UK in these fields.

Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution

  • Architects: C. F. Møller Architects
  • Project: Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution
  • Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus, UK
  • Client:University of Essex, Knowledge Gateway
  • Landscape:C. F. Møller Architects
  • Size:4000 m²
  • Year: 2010
  • Awards: 3rd. Prize in international competition

Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution

The proposal aims at creating a compact form where each facade is oriented to the landscape. Inside, u-shaped floors are rotated 90 degrees in relation to each other to create a series of double height spaces that spiral up through the building. Each floor is linked by an open spiral stair which connects all levels of the building.The proposed flexible floor plates ensure the building’s future adaptability. External brise-soleil over parts of the facade provides solar shading, while still allowing ample daylight throughout.

Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution

On the ground floor is a moot court for international tribunals or seminars. The remainder of the floor space is planned as flexible office accommodation, library, IT and seminar rooms, and a rooftop restaurant as well as a roof garden incorporating rainwater harvesting.

Ground floor plan

Ground floor diagram

Site plan



Roof garden diagram

Outline siteplan

Overall siteplan

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