The Queen Mother Research building for Dundee University is a hybrid research and teaching facility. Designed around a series of research 'towers' or 'caves', the attempt is to break down, in a structured way, otherwise ubiquitous, sub-divided, open-planned volumes. Each tower can house upwards of 24 students down to 6-8 specialist research staff. Linked by the circulation spine and overlooking a 3 storey atria, the centre transforms the traditional view of how to flexibly accommodate a variety of teaching, learning and researching formats.
Conceived during a period of rising steel costs, the loadbearing circular forms of brick and concrete have provoked a new building disposition and a flamboyant addition to the campus on the edge of its future central green.