County takes top honours for some stunning architecture

Banbury Cake: Pembroke College Pembroke College

OXFORDSHIRE took more honours for its beautiful buildings than any other county in the South of England at this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awards.

Oxford University buildings, Oxford Brookes, a public school, and one private house all won for their architecture at the ceremony on Thursday night. And now the six winners will be considered for the national finals shortlist.

They include Oxford Brookes’ John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie Building, The Old Indian Institute on the corner of Holywell and Catte Street and a private swimming pool and gymnasium at a Kirtlington home.

RIBA regional director James Robinson said: “There have been some really ground-breaking buildings. Oxford has always been innovative throughout the centuries and that hasn’t changed.”

The John Henry Brookes was named Building of the Year and will now compete for the national Stirling Prize for Architecture.

The building also won the Sustainability Award, while architects Design Engine received the Architect of the Year prize.

Judges said that it made them “wish they could go back to university”.

Brookes vice-chancellor ProfJanet Beer said: “Anyone who has seen the way in which students have already made the space their own will recognise that not only is it beautiful, it is also functional.”

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The 11 regional winners, including the six from Oxfordshire, were drawn from 41 entries.

REGIONAL SUCCESS STORIES

WINNERS of prizes in the awards were:

Banbury Cake:

  • John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie Building
  • Andrew Wiles Building, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, by Rafael Viñoly Architects

Banbury Cake:

  • Andrew Wiles Building
  • The Old Indian Institute, Oxford Martin School, Oxford, by Berman Guedes Stretton Architects
  • McCall MacBain Graduate Centre, Wadham College, Oxford, by Lee/Fitzgerald Architects

Banbury Cake:

  • McCall MacBain Graduate Centre
  • Clocktower Square, Radley College, Radley, by Design Engine Architects Ltd
  • Private house, Oxfordshire, by Yiangou Architects LLP.

Banbury Cake:

  • The private house
  • Regional Conservation Award: McCall MacBain Graduate Centre, Wadham College, Oxford
  • Regional Sustainability Award: John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie Building, Oxford Brookes University, Headington
  • Regional Building of the Year: John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie Building, Oxford Brookes University.

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1:24pm Sat 10 May 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

I saw the designs for Pembroke college as it was being built, it's such a shame that most of it is hidden from public view, but the areas that can be seen are certainly aesthetically pleasing, as is the John Henry Brookes building, I was pleasantly surprised when I passed the place when "all the covers came off".
This is what Oxford needs, we've got some awesome historical architecture, we need some more outstanding modern architecture to complement it all, there are too many areas that are looking very drab and dated.
Although the new additions to Pembroke college are bright, and eye-catching, Littlegate Street, Brewer Street & St. Ebbes would benefit from a good clean, and some landscaping.
I saw the designs for Pembroke college as it was being built, it's such a shame that most of it is hidden from public view, but the areas that can be seen are certainly aesthetically pleasing, as is the John Henry Brookes building, I was pleasantly surprised when I passed the place when "all the covers came off". This is what Oxford needs, we've got some awesome historical architecture, we need some more outstanding modern architecture to complement it all, there are too many areas that are looking very drab and dated. Although the new additions to Pembroke college are bright, and eye-catching, Littlegate Street, Brewer Street & St. Ebbes would benefit from a good clean, and some landscaping. Dilligaf2010
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2:34pm Sat 10 May 14

Sophia says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
I saw the designs for Pembroke college as it was being built, it's such a shame that most of it is hidden from public view, but the areas that can be seen are certainly aesthetically pleasing, as is the John Henry Brookes building, I was pleasantly surprised when I passed the place when "all the covers came off".
This is what Oxford needs, we've got some awesome historical architecture, we need some more outstanding modern architecture to complement it all, there are too many areas that are looking very drab and dated.
Although the new additions to Pembroke college are bright, and eye-catching, Littlegate Street, Brewer Street & St. Ebbes would benefit from a good clean, and some landscaping.
And the Port Meadow Barracks would benefit from about 250lbs of Semtex
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: I saw the designs for Pembroke college as it was being built, it's such a shame that most of it is hidden from public view, but the areas that can be seen are certainly aesthetically pleasing, as is the John Henry Brookes building, I was pleasantly surprised when I passed the place when "all the covers came off". This is what Oxford needs, we've got some awesome historical architecture, we need some more outstanding modern architecture to complement it all, there are too many areas that are looking very drab and dated. Although the new additions to Pembroke college are bright, and eye-catching, Littlegate Street, Brewer Street & St. Ebbes would benefit from a good clean, and some landscaping.[/p][/quote]And the Port Meadow Barracks would benefit from about 250lbs of Semtex Sophia
  • Score: 4

4:50pm Sun 11 May 14

King Joke says...

Quite right Sophia, we can always increase the pressure on family housing by putting all those students in HMOs, or build halls of residence in outlying estates where they'll generate more traffic. After all we need more traffic.
Quite right Sophia, we can always increase the pressure on family housing by putting all those students in HMOs, or build halls of residence in outlying estates where they'll generate more traffic. After all we need more traffic. King Joke
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