Rose Bowl, Leeds, UK

rose bowl

Sheppard Robson designed the “Rose Bowl”, a business school located directly opposite Leeds Civic Hall, as part of a development study for Leeds Metropolitan University. Classrooms, lecture theatres and offices occupy a total floor area of 12,000sqm. In the centre of this U-shaped building complex there is a shimmering green elliptical glass “bowl”, which, supported on slender Y-form columns, constitutes the open, transparent entrance zone.

  • The seemingly floating primary structure of this central element is made up of sturdy steel triangles. Attached to the outside of these is a secondary construction of aluminium sections, which are aligned with millimetre accuracy by means of brackets – custom-designed by seele. Adjustable in three dimensions, these brackets can easily compensate for fabrication tolerances of up to 40mm. Mirrored laminated glass panes, each with a peripheral aluminium frame on the inside, are fitted into this façade framework. The frames are bonded directly to the metal coating on the glass – a load-bearing joint that represents a genuine new departure in glass architecture. 

    The atrium façade spans between the delicate façade of the bowl, with its fine tracery of silicone joints, and the surrounding building. Steel T-sections suspended from the roof structure plus horizontal rails together form a vertically aligned rectangular grid. Stainless steel point fixings provide the façade with a delicate pattern to create a technoid ornament next to the purist ellipse.

1,100sqm Mirastar glazing  300sqm atrium façade

Client Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
Main contractor HBG Construction Ltd., West Yorkshire
Architect Sheppard Robson, Manchester
Date of completion 2008
Scope of seele supply
  • Atrium façade (approx. 300sqm)
  • Atrium roof (approx. 200sqm)
  • Mirastar glazing (approx. 1,100sqm)
  • The atrium façade includes double glazed units via suction holders and silicone gaskets onto the vertical secondary steelwork structure

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