Oriel College

Oxford, UK

  • Oriel College
  • Reprogramming of social areas and new multi-purpose sapce
  • 1,100m²
  • Competition
  • AL_A

Social spaces are the nexus of college life, where food, drink and conviviality give birth to intellectual stimulation, relaxation and the forging of long lasting friendships.

The creation of a new soaring single-volume unlocks the potential of social spaces; a new multipurpose space part common room, refectory, and bar to meet the diverse needs of students and staff alike.

In a move designed to underpin tradition with modernity and blend grandeur with informality, the new space sits beside the adjacent undercroft, and is topped by a dynamic twisting pitched roof. From inside, the eye is drawn upward by the light streaming through glazing that frames views of the historic facade, whilst hindering gaze to student accommodation.

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