Atlantic College

Competition entry for new student accommodation pavilions at Atlantic College in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. The challenge was to introduce new buildings accommodating up to 80 students, within a mature parkland setting.
The use of circular timber shell structures forming part of a chain of pavilions, carefully positioned beneath mature oak trees, seemed an appropriate response to this historic and picturesque setting.

Based on the Fibonacci mathematical sequence, the flower like structure is roof, walls and environmental envelope. It’s a self supporting ‘cell’ to which other units can be added, thus allowing for growth and expansion over the course of time as functional needs arise.
We set out to find an equilibrium between giving the student accommodation a strong identity/sense of community, and maintaining the integrity of the existing mature park. This has meant an approach which minimises disturbance to the site, and makes the proposal an essential part of the landscape.

Project Stage



mstudios of Alvise Marsoni (London UK)


Architecture (Associate) - Marco Pestalozza
Structure/Services/Environment - Faber Maunsell
Energy and Sustainability - Welsh School of Architecture