New LSE building wins at BDA brick awards 2014


The Saw Swee Student Centre at the LSE london has won BDA awards for the Best Education Building and Innovative use of brick and clay products.

Best Education Building:

“The architectural quality of this building is outstanding and it is evident that everyone involved in the execution of this project has been bought into the architects vision. The building challenges the conformity of bricks and mortar and breaks boundaries at every level. The use of a bespoke blend of bricks knits well into the buildings brick surroundings, yet uses it in a strange and captivating way allowing the building to be both rooted and yet truly individual.

This is an honestly outstanding piece of design and construction, which has created one of London’s most interesting buildings”.

Innovative use of brick and clay products:

The judges called this project a real “Tour de Force”! Its innovation and outstanding quality is seen extensively throughout. This project is brave, ambitious and forward thinking for brick and for architecture.

“The use of exposed soffits and shallow floor plates allows for an almost completely naturally ventilated building and its raked facades, acute angles and warped skins add to its uniquely ambitious and unrelenting inventiveness. The internal organisation unravels around a generous central staircase which has too, been seriously thought about. The judges found it easy to migrate through common areas up through the building, with genius spaces for unexpected glimpses to the street below”.

Further information can be found at:

O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Swift Brickwork Contractors Ltd
Brick Development Association