"Terracotta clad spandrel panels that reference the brick façade of the adjacent building alternate with floor to floor vision glazing whereby the terracotta always faces the northern sun. "Since the façade geometry is more complex than usual we specified a façade prototype. After one failed attempt by the façade contractor to mock-up the documented arrangement we finally were able to see a promising prototype in China last week.
"The workmanship of the façade components made outside of Guangzhou was very good and the prototype was equally useful for the contractor's understanding of the design as it has been for us to resolve interfaces and details. "The terracotta colours are not fully resolved and there is still refinement to be done but the façade concept is clearly legible." The new buildng will house teaching spaces and academic workspace as well as the school office and cafe. The façade will be installed before the end of the year and the completion of the building is anticipated for February 2015.