Architectural Photography of Coventry University Faculty of Engineering and Computing by Arup Associates

The blog of Simon Kennedy, Architectural Photographer based in London. 

The environmentally-led design of this University campus by Arup Associates encourages an open and free exchange of ideas across disciplines. The BREEAM ‘Excellent’ building emphasises the learning experience, focusing on how people would experience the building. In one zone, floating podular spaces known as ‘the planets’ hang from structural steelwork, giving students the chance to experience the forces at work on a practical level. Meanwhile, exposed services are closely coordinated into electrical, mechanical and public health zones so that students can follow their path around the building. Proportion and mathematical beauty used in architecture since antiquity were applied through pure geometry. The biggest challenge was generating a footprint that would result in a total floor area of 14,000m2. The final geometry has a perfect square as the footprint’s outer boundary, while the inner boundary creates a perfect Ptolemy’s quadrilateral and with all primary line intersections being perfect harmonic ratios. Encouraging and celebrating students’ commitment to engineering, the building is brave and innovative. The potential of every element in its concrete frame has been maximised to produce a raw, robust and dramatic structure. The faculty building was completed in August 2012 and officially opened in February 2013.

(Architectural photography completed over 2 days, all images copyright Simon Kennedy. If you wish to use any of these images for any purpose please email me at

Exterior architectural photography of elevation
Exterior architectural photography of elevation. 1 of 17

Window detail
Window detail. 2 of 17

Window elevation detail
Window elevation detail. 3 of 17

Photograph of solar shading against sky
Photograph of solar shading against sky. 4 of 17

Entrance courtyard
Entrance courtyard. 5 of 17

Skyline view of living roof
Skyline view of living roof. 6 of 17

Interior staircase and mezzanine
Interior staircase and mezzanine. 7 of 17

Interior of open studios
Interior of open studios. 8 of 17

Interior photography showing structural steelwork
Interior photography showing structural steelwork. 9 of 17

London architectural photography
London architectural photography. 10 of 17

Auditorium. 11 of 17

Distant view of Coventry University Engineering Computing Building
Distant view of Coventry University Engineering Computing Building. 12 of 17

Wide angle elevation from courtyard
Wide angle elevation from courtyard. 13 of 17

Architectural photography of the glazed elevation
Architectural photography of the glazed elevation. 14 of 17

Architectural photographer, London
Architectural photographer London. 15 of 17

Sunset glazing reflection
Sunset glazing reflection. 16 of 17

Long exposure view from the street
Long exposure view from the street. 17 of 17


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