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Sir Thomas White Building

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Arup Associates
location Oxford
function student housing, university
contributed by davidb

This scheme covers five floors, with eleven pavilions, arranged in an "L" shape, linked by service towers, providing approximately 150 student rooms. Each pavilion contains four rooms per floor and features a white pre-cast concrete exoskelton, which is contrasted by the solid walls of the service towers. On the north elevation the twinned columns straddle the college wall on Lamb and Flag Passage. A similar set-back device on the inner elevations creates a colonnaded ground floor that allows access to the stairs. Behind the exoskeleton lies the glazing to each room, situated at the corners, and behind this, a set of sliding timber screens adds to the layering of the fa├žade. This project dates from a time when Arup Associates were at their peak and demonstrates their impeccable design and detailing qualities. Here they produced a building that successfully reinterprets the traditional "Oxbridge" quad in a contemporary manner yet possesses a rare sensitivity and respect for context.

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Sir Thomas White Building
St Giles
United Kingdom
Project is public!
Opening hours The College grounds, but not the buildings, are open to the public daily (except the 25th and 26th of December) from 13.00 to 17.00.
How to get there? The project can be seen from Lamb and Flag Passage. This is an alley that leads down the side of the Lamb and Flag pub, from St Giles, to Museum Road. There is also an access directly off St Giles, just south of the Lamb and Flag pub. The project can also be seen from the College gardens. Enter the college via the main entrance and cross the two courts to reach the gardens. Turn left in the gardens and the building can be seen over the wall. The College Porters can also advise on access.
Completion 1975
ArchitectArup Associates
Client The President & Fellows of St John's College
Project ID 8100
Latitude/Longitude 51°45'27N 01°15'29W
Contributed by davidb
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