The Bute Building (Welsh: Adeilad Bute) is a Cardiff University building in Cathays Park, Cardiff, Wales. It houses the Welsh School of Architecture. It is a Grade II listed building.[1]

Bute Building

The neoclassical building was designed by architects Percy Thomas and Ivor Jones, who won a competition in 1911 to design a building for Cardiff Technical College.[2] The foundations of the building were laid in 1913 and the building opened in 1916.[3][4] The building has six Roman Doric columns in the front of the building and includes the Birt Acres Lecture Theatre.[5][6] The design has been called "disappointingly conventional"[7]

In 1962 the Technical college became the Welsh College of Advanced Technology[8] and in 1968 the Bute Building became the main building of the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology. It now houses the Welsh School of Architecture and the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.[9] It also contained two libraries, the Bute Library and Architecture Library.[10]

The UK's largest Sky Dome, an artificial sky 8 metres in diameter run by the School of Architecture and used for daylight modelling and sun-path studies, is located in the basement of the building.[11]


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  3. ^ Barnes, David (2005). The companion guide to Wales By David Barnes. ISBN 9781900639439. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  4. ^ "INDIN 2009 24–26th June 2009, Cardiff UK". Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Archived from the original on 24 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-24.
  5. ^ "Technical College; Bute Building; University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, Cathays Park, Cardiff". Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Pool Room 1.61, Birt Acres Lecture Theatre, Bute Building". Cardiff University. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  7. ^ John Newman (1995). Glamorgan: Mid Glamorgan, South Glamorgan and West Glamorgan. Yale University Press. p. 114. ISBN 0-14-071056-6.
  8. ^ "Records of Cardiff's Technical Colleges, 1866-1988". Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  9. ^ "The Cathays Park Campus A self-guided tour" (PDF). Cardiff University. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  10. ^ Dic Mortimer (15 October 2014). Cardiff The Biography. Amberley Publishing Limited. p. 143. ISBN 978-1-4456-4251-2.
  11. ^ "Cardiff school reaches for the artificial sky". Architects' Journal. 25 March 1999.

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