William Gates Building

  • Location  Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Sector  Education, Science & Technology
  • Status  Completed

The William Gates Building is home to the Computer Faculty and includes research, teaching, library and catering facilities for 300 students. The brief called for a low-energy solution which could accommodate specialist computer equipment while being flexible enough to adapt to possible long-term changes in use.

RMJM’s approach was to develop an extremely well-insulated building envelope, within which artificial heating and cooling systems could be minimized. Inside the building, more ‘public’ teaching areas are separated from the research space by a three storey ‘street’ with connecting galleries and bridges for informal circulation and meetings.

The William Gates Building won the RIBA Regional 2002 Award and the British Construction Industry Award.