Open Doors is coming to Oxford Brookes Abercrombie Building
Thursday, 29 August 2013
The first phase of our new-look campus will be open to the public for this year’s Open Doors.
14 September 1-5pm
Interactive zone 2-4pm
The first phase of our new-look campus will be open to the
public for this year’s Open Doors. Oxford Brookes University is investing in
its future by redeveloping the Gipsy Lane Site.
On completion of the project, Oxford Brookes will have a new library,
lecture theatre, a number of teaching rooms, and a new home for our students’ union
and a selection of food outlets. Open Doors will provide residents of
Headington and Oxford with the opportunity to find out more about our campus redevelopment.
Completed in 2012 the Abercrombie Building and new extension
is home to the Departments of Planning, Construction, Real Estate and
Architecture. The students’ new spaces have engendered a real pride in where
they work, with many students now spending more time studying on-site.
With a towering atrium and vibrantly coloured bridges
smoothly gliding across this light and airy space the Abercrombie Building is a
great piece of modern design.
As well as looking good the atrium is also a key part of the
natural ventilation system of the building. In the summer cool air is pulled in
from window vents on the ground floor to manage the building’s temperature. In
the winter the thermal mass of the smooth exposed concrete stores heat so the
building remains a comfortable temperature while using less energy.
Space to Think Lab
The Lab is a test zone for various aspects of our upcoming
John Henry Brookes Building. It enables the Space to Think Team to tell
students, staff and other interested parties about the plans for the new
building. For Open Doors the Space to Think Team invite you to come in and ask
us about the redevelopment project.
Student Exhibition in the Glass Tank
The Glass Tank exhibition space is set to play a key role as
the public face of Oxford Brookes. Over
the last academic year, the Glass Tank has provided the perfect venue for
student end of year shows, public art exhibitions and a successful showing of sections
of the Booker Prize Archive, which is kept in Oxford Brookes’ Special
Collections Library. Next semester’s events will be just as exciting and will
kick off with an exhibition on student social enterprise and will be on display
for viewing during Open Doors.
Kids’ interactive zone
Oxford Brookes Planning Department will be inspiring young
visitors to think about the buildings and cities of the future. Specially
selected students will be on hand to help children create the next generation’s
built environment. So you’ll be able to enjoy a coffee from the Abercrombie Café
while your children get creative.
The Abercrombie Café sits at one end of the atrium and is a
relaxing place in the midst of the bustle of university life at Brookes.
The Abercrombie Café will be open and serving drinks and a
selection of tasty treats.
We hope to see you there…