By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.

Close

Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Close

Department of Earth Sciences building, University of Oxford, by Wilkinson Eyre

Wilkinson Eyre has completed its £29 million Department of Earth Sciences building for the University of Oxford

The building houses laboratories and a wing of academic offices and has a folded stone-clad ‘narrative wall’.

The building is clad in Clipsham stone-faced precast concrete panels - the same stone was used on a number of nearby historic buildings.

The practice bagged the scheme following a competition back in 2005 and completed the project last month.

Describing the project a spokesman for the practice said: ‘The narrative of the design was carefully developed at the concept stages in order to create a building that would work as an ‘as found’ object, telling the story of its users in the same way that the occupants might place a fossil within a particular era of the earth’s history.

‘This idea is embodied in the ‘narrative wall’ which is the building’s most striking element, acting as a ‘shop front’ for the department and leading visitors from South Parks Road into the public spaces at the heart of the building. The wall divides the public and social areas of the building from the more introverted spaces of the laboratory wing, and establishes the logic for the building’s principal internal circulation.’

The scheme is the first of three Wilkinson Eyre schemes to complete in Oxford. The practice is currently working on the soon-to-start Maggie’s Centre, which will be built using prefabricated timber construction methods, and is overseeing the £78 million New Bodleian Library revamp, due to break ground next year (2011)

Wilkinson Eyre's University of Oxford Department of Earth Sciences project in Oxford

Source: Morley von Sternberg

Wilkinson Eyre’s University of Oxford Department of Earth Sciences project in Oxford

 

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

Related Jobs

Sign in to see the latest jobs relevant to you!

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters