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St Antony's College, Oxford, UK

Bennetts Associates

The five-storey Gateway Buildings are a significant addition to St Antony’s estate, defining a new presence for the college on one of the main routes serving the city centre. The project comprises a new main entrance, Porters’ Lodge, 54 en-suite study bedrooms, offices for college staff and meeting/work space within glazed rooftop pavilions.

St Antony’s is one of Oxford University’s newer colleges but the estate previously suffered a lack of presence and a disparate grouping of buildings at odds with its highly acclaimed academic reputation. Bennetts Associates’ design has addressed these issues in a highly symbolic manner that roots St Antony’s firmly in the Oxford College tradition. The new buildings announce the location of the college prominently on the Woodstock Road, frame an engaging main entrance sequence and enclose the central quadrangle for the very first time. In combination with a strong contemporary expression, the physical identity of St Antony’s has been transformed and now sits confidently amongst its peers.

The palette of Cotswold stone, bronze and walnut are quintessentially Oxford in character yet highly contemporary.  The warm tones of the bronze sit comfortably with the surrounding Cotswold stone and the patina that develops over time will firmly root the buildings in their context, bringing a unique and developing character to the buildings. 

The bronze has been delicately articulated to define each of the functions in the building; standing seam sheets for the bedrooms and folded panels for the Porter’s Lodge, offices and seminar rooms. Each study bedroom has its own bronze panel, allowing students to identify their own room whilst the stone grid unifies the whole.

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Building

Owner: 
St Antony's College
Completion date: 
2013
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
Oxford

Categories

Applications: 
Facades/fascia
Facades/panels
Type of building: 
Educational
Copper used: 
Bronze
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Bennetts Associates
Address & description: 
1 Rawstorne PlaceLondon EC1V 7NLTelephone: +44 (0)20 7520 3300 mail@bennettsassociates.com

Copper contractors

Title: 
Roles Broderick

Awards

Season: 
2013

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