Ravensbourne College London

Ravensbourne College London Building, Greenwich

Design: Foreign Office Architects. The new building is in giddy proximity to the Dome/O2/North Greenwich Arena, which sets up an unavoidable clash of scale and geometry. The relatively standard programme could have produced a building that could not converse let alone compete with its neighbour. FOA’s design blurs the internal arrangements behind a homogenous façade, much as the Dome does, but in a very different, very confident and curiously complementary way. It juxtaposes a plane of white fabric with a plane of tessellated panels, which somehow takes away all conventional understanding of solid, void and scale.