London, United Kingdom
A dynamic place within London’s rapidly developing New Knowledge quarter.

Oriel is a joint initiative between Moorfields Eye Hospital, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, and Moorfields Eye Charity, bringing together world-leading eye care, research, and education under one roof.

Our vision is to create an environment for innovation to flourish, inspiring improvements in people’s sight. The flexible and modern facility, designed to accommodate current and future research as well as clinical and educational needs, will enable the partners to widen their research portfolio and better include patient engagement and participation in their research. Focused on patients while attracting and retaining the best ophthalmic scientists, educators, and clinicians, the new building will bring together world-leading clinical care, research and education expertise into one, fully integrated centre.

Collaboration at its heart

Serving as the project’s lead architects, we partnered with White Arkitekter for interior and landscape design as well as Aecom for engineering, sustainability, planning, and overall project leadership.

The centre integrates three distinct spaces to promote collaboration among clinicians, patients, and researchers. This will offer a flexible framework for evolving research and education practices and serve as a beautiful centrepiece for a renewed St Pancras within the evolving Knowledge Quarter in Central London.

Concept sketch showing 'the Oriel', a mini tower rising through the centre of the building comprised of a stack of waiting, meeting, and study spaces that interconnect every floor.
Internally, the atrium and Oriel are inspired by modern, transparent design.
A palette of natural materials and internal planting combine with optimized acoustics to create a high-quality and sophisticated interior, promoting Oriel’s civic mission while contributing to the health and well-being of the building's users.
A new urban place with an activated public realm

The building will occupy part of the old St Pancras Hospital site. It is arranged as two wings of eight and six stories stepping from the dense urban grain to the north of the site down to the retained Victorian buildings and magnificent trees of St Pancras Churchyard on the southside. At its heart will be a mini tower dubbed ‘the Oriel,’ comprised of a stack of waiting, meeting, and study spaces that interconnect every floor of the building. The landscape and interior design will stimulate the senses, promote well-being, and help wayfinding. An environmental strategy anticipates a renewable energy future and the incorporation of circular economy principles.

The materiality and composition of the facade both reflects and contrasts the site context.
Bronzed aluminum fins and louvres, along with ceramic tiles adorned with undulating ribbing, beautifully echo the hues of the neighboring Victorian brickwork and traditional faience detailing. The light-colored curtain walling and its carefully crafted articulation serve to complement this modern addition within the historic setting.
The design team “stood out in their highly developed awareness of the importance of the evolving nature of medical science and technology, how this might inform the form and function of the new building and how this might affect the people who will use it.”

― Jury Report

Mediating between the lush green of St Pancras Gardens to the south and the new large urban blocks to the north, Oriel creates a new urban place in the heart of St Pancras.
An atrium at its heart forms a new public living room for the city and opens up routes through and across the site.
A roof terrace on the sixth floor provides outdoor social, learning, and collaborative spaces with fantastic views over London.
Public engagement is at the heart of Oriel’s mission. Science-on-Show, exhibitions, display of archive material, and a curated art strategy all aim to engage and interest the public, local community, and patients in the work of the institution.

Project Team

Rafael Marks
Sunand Prasad