Feilden Fowles has won a competition to design a student accommodation block at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford
The young studio, which earlier this year also scooped the Homerton College dining hall contest at Cambridge University, defeated Eric Parry, Sergison Bates, Stanton Williams, Haworth Tompkins, Tim Ronalds and Walters & Cohen.
The seven finalists were chosen from a 19-strong longlist by a judging panel assisted by Keith Bradley of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Observer architecture critic Rowan Moore.
The new mixed-use building – located next to the landmark Grade I-listed Radcliffe Observatory (pictured) – will feature student accommodation along with other academic facilities.
The project is part of a masterplan drawn up by Long & Kentish Architects with Studio Berman for this north Oxford college.
Each of the shortlisted teams received £5,000 to prepare conceptual proposals for an ‘an exciting modern building’ on the sensitive historic site. Feilden Fowles’ proposal will transform a site currently occupied by tennis courts close to the Radcliffe Observatory.
Green Templeton is Oxford University’s newest all-graduate college, established in 2008, and has 600 students studying medicine, management and applied social sciences.
Practice director Edmund Fowles said: ‘The college campus has many of the qualities of the picturesque, comprising a sequence of interconnecting and yet irregular quads and gardens, presenting a series of revelations; an unfolding drama of spaces as one moves through the campus.
‘Our approach was simply to imagine a continuation of this walk through the college, to discover three more outdoor rooms, or hortus conclusus, that offer a combination of more civic and collective functions, but also quieter, more reflective spaces.’
Commenting on the win, college principal Denise Lievesley said: ‘Our community of fellows, students and staff are delighted to be working with Feilden Fowles on this project, which will be the most ambitious to be undertaken since Green Templeton College was established.
‘Our overall objective is to expand and improve the accommodation for our students, and to enhance our facilities for academic work and social activities. We intend what is built to symbolise our 21st-century approach within a traditional university setting.’
Feilden Fowles’ winning scheme is expected to be submitted for planning in spring next year and to complete in 2021.
Feilden Fowles contest-winning proposal for a new student accommodation block at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford