University House in Sheffield, which was one of the first glass curtain-walled buildings in the world when it was completed in 1963, is to get a £20 million makeover.
The upgrades, which have been designed by Sheffield-based HLM Architects, will see the creation of state-of-the-art facilities for student services, an amphitheatre-style space for events and social and study areas.
Robert Smith, a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, designed University House while working for architecture firm Gollins, Melvin and Ward in the 1950s.
Talking about his "groundbreaking design", Mr Smith said: "We were pioneers in glass curtain walling and this was one of the very first.
"It was designed to be unrestricted ... We wanted to get as much light in as possible."
Once the contractor has been announced, work on University House is expected to begin towards the end of July this year and be completed by September next year.
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