Now on ICON: Coffey Architects designs Digi-Tech Factory in Norwich

Icon has featured Coffey Architects’ Digi-Tech Factory, calling it “striking” for it’s “external screen of white powder-coated aluminium mesh.”

“This – along with off-the-shelf components such as a steel frame grid, lightweight composite panels and glass – ensures the architecture reflects the spirit of industrial design. The exterior screen carefully manages light: during the day, natural sunlight is diffused through the mesh to the interior, and by night, light from within the building shines out, illuminating the facade.”

Read the rest of the article on ICON here.

AJ covers our ‘factory-style digital learning centre in Norwich’

The Architects’ Journal coverage features praise from our client, City College Norwich:

“The completed building has exceeded the outcomes and expectations we set out in the client’s brief. Coffey Architects has produced a landmark building for the college, city and Eastern Region, which provides industry equivalent digital facilities in a modern, light and airy building. More importantly, our students and staff are delighted with the new Digi-Tech Factory and we have received some excellent feedback:

It’s got everything, all the technology, all the computers, you need. The actual building itself is an inviting building to be in. It’s light and it’s airy. I quite like all the exposed elements of it, especially with civil engineering, because that’s what we learn about. Leanne, civil engineering apprentice

This building feels like a professional environment. You feel like you are in an actual business, with rooms where you can co-operate with other people better. Mantas, t-level digital production, design and development


“The Coffey team were a pleasure to work with and I congratulate and thank them for delivering a unique building which the college can be truly proud of.”


Jon Bonham, director of estates and facilities, City College Norwich

The Digi-Tech Factory is featured on Dezeen

Coffey Architects’ Digi-Tech Factory is live on Dezeen. Read the article here.

“Light manipulation is a central principle of our design practice, often explored, as here, through the use of an external screen to provide light, texture, variation and environmental control. In this case the building’s panels play with both nature and artificial light depending on the time of day. By day, natural light is diffused through the panels into the interior, and by night, light from the spaces within the building activates the facade.”