Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Film in Dezeen

February 2022

Dezeen reports on the completion of Burwell’s refurbishment of Sir Denys Lasdun’s Brutalist icon.

Burwell Architects have completed a multi-phase transformation of the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. The project sensitively updates the Grade II* Charles Clore House, designed by the late Sir Denys Lasdun. Located on Russell Square, a comprehensive refurbishment of the library and workplace facilities has been undertaken that also improves occupant comfort, accessibility, security, and environmental performance of this iconic brutalist building.

We commissioned architectural photographer and videographer Ben Blossom to produce a short film of the project, which has now been premiered on Dezeen. The film has been produced as a gentle montage of the building, space, materiality, and its programmatic use by staff and students.

The article includes a short film of the project made by Ben Blossom.

Burwell Architects have delivered a remarkable transformation of Charles Clore House. The new library and offices are bright and contemporary, but entirely in keeping with the building’s original aesthetic. The result is a warm, welcoming and functional space for future generations of students and researchers.
Professor Carl Stychin, The Institute Director