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Lecture series: Rafael Vinoly
August 31st, 2017: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Martin Clancy, Director at Rafael Vinoly, will talk about their design for the University of Manchester’s £60 million Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC).
Martin will also discuss Vinoly’s RIBA award-winning City Football Academy for Manchester City FC.
Located on the university’s North Campus, the 8,400m2 GEIC building will be used for industry-led innovation and applications for graphene technology, aiming to accelerate the delivery of products to the marketplace.
Prof Colin Bailey, deputy president and deputy vice-chancellor of the university, said Manchester led the world in graphene research and the new centre would be crucial for addressing up-scaling and infrastructure for the ultra-thin carbon’s future development.
A key driver for the building organization has been to maximize the amount of laboratory space on the lower levels in order to promote interactivity between researchers and cross-disciplinary projects. A modular approach to the organization of the double-height research space offers maximum flexibility. Partitions can be repositioned and equipment of various sizes can be easily deployed to efficiently and effectively meet graphene and 2-D materials development needs.
The building’s design responds to its prominent location adjacent to the Mancunian Way urban motorway by creating a glazed street-facing side to show the work being conducted inside. Glazed staircases and projecting elements on the upper office level further connect the building to the city beyond.