Queen Mary College University of London (QMUL) Arts 2 Building

London, UK

The landscape for the Universities new Arts 2 building is designed to complement the elegance of the built form. A new entrance square paved in natural stone creates a dynamic setting for the new building. It uses a constrained palette of materials to make subtle contrasts.


Planting of tall grasses provides movement and lightness. Biodiversity is improved through the use of native indigenous planting.


The landscape proposals considered the adjacent consecrated ground, formally part of a Portuguese and Jewish cemetery, whilst a listed brick wall was repaired and integrated in the overall design.


Opened in 2012 by the Chancellor of the University, Princess Royal.



  • Ground Source Heat pumps for the generation of renewable energy
  • SUDS water capture
  • Roof Garden – native planting for wildlife
  • BREEAM – Very Good


Client: Queen Mary College

Architect: Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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