SIR THOMAS WHITE BUILDING, ST JOHN`S COLLEGE

Arup Associates; Sir Thomas White Building, St John`s College, Oxford

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CLIENT:
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
LOCATION:
OXFORD
DATE:
01.04.1976

The St. John's building provides 156 rooms for graduates and under-graduates half as study bedrooms, and half as 'sets' of sitting room and bedroom. Extensive common rooms were also required.

 

 ...FULLFILLING MODERN NEEDS WITHIN AN HISTORIC CONTEXT...

 

Arup Associates; Model of Sir Thomas White Building, St John`s College, Oxford

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Arup Associates; Sir Thomas White Building, St John`s College, Oxford, Plan & Photograh

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The site forms an extension to the College, adjacent to its very fine garden, and existing stone buildings. The new building has multiple relationships: a street frontage to Museum Road, a garden frontage to the old garden, a quadrangle extension to the existing quadrangles and an entry view from St. Giles. It had to fulfil modern needs, but within an historic context. It is a modern building, but tends to reflect the mood of Oxford and the character of its surroundings and settle into the silhouette of a medieval city

A colonnade links all staircases and common rooms at ground floor level and the circulation pattern emphasises the relationship of the new building to the existing College. The form of the building has been developed as a series of units. Framed, stepped, pavilions accommodating groups of four rooms on each floor alternate with solid bays enclosing stairs and services. The top floor is set back to provide balconies to the penthouse rooms.

...WINNER OF THE CONCRETE SOCIETY AWARD...

The Sir Thomas White Building for St. John’s College Oxford won the Concrete Society Award in 1976 for its overall architectural excellence and its use of concrete, the finish of which was described by the judges as ‘remarkable’ and ‘breathtaking’.

The Sir Thomas White Building represented the perfecting of a concrete theme developed by Arup Associates through previous projects at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, Somerville College in Oxford and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. At the time, the judges considered this to be a work of exceptional architectural distinction. Due to the exceptional attention to detail provided by the designers, this building has stood the test of time and stands with dignity among its Oxbridge neighbours.

Arup Associates; Sir Thomas White Building, St John`s College, Oxford

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Arup Associates; Sir Thomas White Building, St John`s College, Oxford

PHOTOGRAPH © ARUP ASSOCIATES

Arup Associates; Sir Thomas White Building, St John`s College, Oxford

PHOTOGRAPH © ARUP ASSOCIATES

AWARDS

  • 2011 - Construct: Concrete Awards, Commendation, Mature Building Category
  • 1981 - RIBA Award
  • 1976 - Concrete Society Award