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Art, design and architecture resources

Architectural Science and Technology Laboratory ('ArchiLab')

ArchiLab is a state-of-the-art teaching, research and consultancy facility. It is designed for carrying out specialised science and technology activities relating to sustainable building design, simulation and implementation.

ArchiLab features sophisticated equipment for lighting and acoustic design, as well as equipment for testing insulation levels, airflow, air and surface temperatures and humidity. It also has equipment for model photography and computing facilities for architectural science applications. These specialist facilities are regularly used by local architects and engineers.

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Art and design studios and labs

Researchers in Kingston School of Art have benefitted from significant investment in state-of-the-art studios and labs:

  • The 3D materials workshop features state-of-the art equipment and an interdisciplinary construction area, enabling work with a broad range of materials including wood, metal, stone, plastic, plaster, bio-resins, wax and ceramics.
  • The premier filming space, post-production suite and animation suite house the latest technology including three Panasonic HVX200 hi-definition cameras, a Kino Flow lighting system and four rostrum cameras running professional stopmotion capture systems.
  • The professional-level photography suite features high-end workstations and associated professional hardware, including quality input and output devices within a colour-managed workflow to ensure colour accuracy.
  • The newly specified digital media workshops are home to 132 iMac workstations providing facilities for 2D and 3D design audio and video production; and small and large format printing.

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Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB)

CEREB is a unique teaching, research and demonstration resource for the built environment, hosting a number of renewable and intelligent energy solutions. CEREB has been developed in partnership between London South Bank, City and Kingston Universities with funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the London Development Agency (LDA) and M&E Sustainability.

Located at roof level of the new London South Bank University teaching facility K2, the Centre has direct access to data from all the different technologies providing the services to the working building, together with the innovative technologies built into the Centre itself. There is also the ability to showcase developing technologies and to trial new products in a real life setting where the results can be closely monitored.

This makes it a invaluable resource for understanding how to design, operate and manage technologies for future low carbon buildings – both new build and retrofit. CEREB and the new K2 building host many different forms of renewable or energy efficient technologies. All of these are working to provide the services to the Centre and the 8,500 m2 building below it. These include solar fibre optics; ground source heat pump; solar hot water; photovoltaics; wind turbines; tri-generation; and phase change materials. Researchers from the three partner institutions are monitoring and collecting data from all of these technologies to research the effectiveness of each in the urban setting.

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Dorich House Museum

Dorich House Museum is the former home of the internationally acclaimed Estonian sculptor Dora Gordine (1895–1991). It holds a major collection of her bronzes, paintings and drawings, and a superb collection of Russian Imperial art, gathered by her husband, the Hon. Richard Hare. The two studios, gallery and top floor apartment and were all designed by Gordine herself in 1935/6 in the art deco modern style. Kingston University rescued the house and its collections from dereliction in 1993 and the newly-restored building was opened in 1996. The house became a museum in 2004, and was awarded full accreditation status in 2009 under the MLA Museum Accreditation Scheme.

The museum's curator, Brenda Martin, is a member of the Modern Interiors Research Centre. The museum has generated and facilitated a number of successful research initiatives, including the first major retrospective of Dora Gordine in 2009. This exhibition brought together 59 of her sculptures and drawings, as well as 18 works by contemporaries including Jacob Epstein, Aristide Maillol, Frank Dobson, Gertrude Hermes and Henry Moore. The exhibition was accompanied by a wide programme of talks, seminars, workshops and community events.

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In partnership with St George's, University of London, Kingston University has established a centre for design and innovation with a particular focus on benefitting the health and cultural sectors. 'Innoversity' brings together researchers, academics and postgraduate students from design, business, engineering and social science to tackle real-life business challenges.

The aim of this facility is to break down the barriers between different subject areas to allow new products to be invented and creative business strategies developed. The centre enables collaboration to take place between design (human values), business (viability) and technology (feasibility). It was launched with a £250,000 award from the Higher Education Council for England.


Rematerialise is the University's unique sustainable materials library. This is a collection of over 1,200 samples of innovative recycled or reused materials. Samples have come from around the world, and from many unexpected sources, including coffee grounds, currency, mobile phones, aeroplane windscreens and fibres from banana plant stems.

The library was founded by Jakki Dehn, an internationally recognised specialist in recycled and sustainable materials and grew out of an AHRC-funded research project. It now provides an extensive resource of innovative material solutions, which can offer both economic and environmental benefits. Hugely popular, the resource has benefitted industry professionals and other researchers working in fields such as interior design. External collaborations include high-profile brands such as Marks & Spencer. 

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The Stanley Picker Gallery

The Stanley Picker Gallery was established in 1997 and provides access to a broad programme of exhibitions, collaborative projects, events and research initiatives.

The Gallery engages audiences within the University and the wider community; encouraging and assisting the development of research in the arts. Its broad programme reflects the changing diversity and convergence of contemporary arts practice. The Gallery plays an important role in bringing together artists, designers, academics and students to engage in collaborative practice and it is active in generating and facilitating new innovative work. This is further enhanced by artists in residence and an inclusive programme of education events and outreach projects.

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