Client: University of Warwick
Architect: Cullinan Studios
Engineering Disciplines: Advanced Timber Engineering
The National Automotive Innovation Centre is a place for researchers, engineers and designers to come together across disciplines to devise new technologies and products. It will also be a showcase for advances in British design and engineering.
Designed by Cullinan Studios, the building has two distinct but overlapping parts: an inner sanctum and a shop window. There is flexible research spaces over four storeys surrounded by atrium space where people can come together for demonstrations, meetings, break-out sessions or simply socialise.
The building steps in and out to create a clear entrance and at roof level to form terraces. The engineered timber roof is dramatic and gives a strong, consistent top line to the elevations. The edge projects above a continuous ribbon of windows, so the roof appears to float over the building.
Engenuiti is providing the advanced timber engineering for the project, working closely with the architect and design team to ensure the successful design of the roof structure.
Image credit: Cullinan Studios