Piazza Building University of York/ Interserve Construction

The Piazza building is a joint venture between the University of York and Kaplan International Colleges, and houses the University’s International Pathway College providing foundation learning for International students.  The flagship building houses 36 flexible learning spaces including 2 laboratories, a 350-seat lecture theatre, 100-seat lecture room, library, academic offices and a restaurant across 6800m2.  The south facing atrium opens the building’s main social spaces to the piazza, supporting outdoor dining and events.

Piazza is designed to delight its users, both as a sculptural form in the landscape and as an inspirational learning environment.  Internally, the design provides a choice of study spaces, ranging from the expansive, light filled atrium to sheltered individual booths provided by innovative furniture solutions.  With its feature geodesic glulam roof the library has been given pride-of-place on the second floor.  It benefits from wide-ranging views over the campus through storey-height windows and has quickly become the student study location of choice.