A signature building that set out to rebrand and relaunch Kingston University, AKT II worked alongside the RIBA Gold Medal-winning Grafton Architects on Town House. Directors Gerry O’Brien and Fabrizio Fortunato detail the story behind the structural design of Grafton's first London project.
Town House is a 6-storey building with lecture spaces, study rooms, dance studios, an auditorium and a library, that provides a prime space for the university’s students. The whole project team worked in close collaboration to deliver a signature building in line with Grafton Architects’ vision.
The drive behind the design was to deliver a wholly sustainable building which incorporates exposed structures along with an inherently flexible interior and long spans of 10–15 metres as well as double- and triple-height spaces.