The Crit Building is a bespoke extension to the existing School of Architecture at the University of Kent in Canterbury, creating an innovative crit and gallery space.
Sat on the edge of a busy public square, the building creates a playful intervention with the inclusion of a responsive façade which was inspired by the work of Ned Khan studio.
The façade responds instantaneously to wind conditions, moving over 6,500 individual aluminium panels to create a rippling effect which echoes the continuous pedestrian movement through the square. Within the building are large white crit boards that open up to give way to large interactive digital screens which, when opened, allow a view of the façade from the inside out. The DCS has been World of Architecture Award for Façade of the Year, and featured on the front cover of the Architects Journal.
Photographer: Charles Hosea