Wolfson Building, Oxford (United Kingdom)
Níall McLaughlin Architects 

Wolfson Building, Oxford (United Kingdom)

Níall McLaughlin Architects 

Along with the design of various new student halls for Somerville College, the studio has refurbished and enlarged the listed Wolfson Building, originally designed by Philip Dowson and a team at Arup Associates in the 1960s, and currently listed and protected. The project was conceived for the purpose of offering different accomodation options to students, and to create a new large lecture hall at ground level. The brief also called for a replacement of the characteristic big windows, respecting the essence of the originals, and upgrading the entire system of mechanical services. Furthermore, taking cues from the structural expression of the existing building, the discreet extension of the ground floor gives the complex a new break-out area and a venue for larger events, whilst reasserting the presence of the brutalist icon within the college’s large quadrangle. The addition seeks to continue the material appearance of the existing precast concrete elements, through a lattice of glue-laminated Iroko hardwood that over time will take on a similar texture and color. It asserts its contemporary identity and use through larger spans and glazed panels...[+]

Somerville College

Níall McLaughlin Architects

AKS Ward

InstalacionesMechanical engineering
GS Mechanical

Longcross Construction

SuperficieFloor area
440 m²

Nick Kane