WongAvery Gallery, Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Níall McLaughlin Architects 

WongAvery Gallery, Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Níall McLaughlin Architects 

Located in one of the courts of Trinity Hall, one of Cambridge University’s oldest colleges, the WongAvery Gallery replaced a modest shelter built early in the 20th century – attached to the south wall of Avery Court – with a facility for music education. Addressing the space limitation, the building stands at the center of the court, following a composition of cubic forms based on a Greek-cross plan. In this way it sets itself apart from the work areas and dormitories around, protecting them from noise while allowing correct day lighting. To distinguish itself from these constructions, where honey-toned masonry predominates, while maintaining a respectful dialogue with them, it presents a loadbearing structure of precast concrete pieces combined with Portland limestone. This material makeup continues indoors, where a glazed lantern over the crossing brings light in while improving acoustics. Besides serving as a venue for small performances, the building ensures correct care of the institution’s historical harpsichord through an advanced climatization system that rises from a plant room concealed beneath the Gallery, and distributes air at the right temperature and humidity through ducts in the arms of the cross...

Cliente Client
Trinity Hall

Níall McLaughlin Architects

Smith and Wallwork

InstalacionesMechanical engineering
Max Fordham

Ingeniería acústicaAcoustic engineering
Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design 

PaisajismoLandscape architect
Kim Wilkie 

Consultor piedraStone consultant
Harrison Goldman 

Barnes Construction

SuperficieFloor area
73 m²

Nick Kane; David Valinsky