RIBA South Sustainability Award

Lecture Theatre, The Queen's College, Oxford | BGS Architects

The context could not be more challenging: with Hawksmoor spires behind it sits in the heart of the college facing the dons’ Senior Common Room. Yet the Shulman Auditorium is remarkable for its skilful combination of traditional materials with an uncompromisingly modern design and it became a much loved part of the college from the moment it opened. The use of the elegant columns as vertical cantilevers allows the roof structure to be free of horizontal ties. The roof thus floats effortlessly above the external walls and all but disappears internally. Closing the electrically operated large timber louvres transforms the space into an intimate living room. The building conveys that rare quality of feeling as if it has always been there.

Source: e-architect