The Cripps building at St John’s College, Cambridge by modernist architects Peter Powell and Hidalgo Moya has been given Grade II* listing by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Constructed between 1964 and 1967, the building occupies an awkward site between the Grade I listed New Court and the Grade I listed 12th century School of Pythagoras.
The zig-sag plan concrete building contains accommodation based around eight staircases, with twelve penthouse studios with terraces at the top. Raised above the ground with a cloistered area underneath, the building was structurally innovative - a fact that contributed towards the decision to list it.
The building received a RIBA award in 1967 and a Civic Trust Award in 1968, with the Architects’ Journal describing it as ‘One of the largest and finest pieces of college development in Cambridge since the war.’