RIBA Regional Awards 2014: South
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Rafael Vinoly Architects for Oxford University Fixed Assets
The complex mathematical paving at the entrance to the Mathematical Institute is a marker of client expectations while the square precast grids of the facade give a mathematically rationalised pattern to the exterior and allow for the incorporation of louvres.
Part of a masterplan for the University of Oxford’s Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, the institute’s glazed atrium is intended to allow views through to the observatory while also creating sociable space (complete with walls ready to be written on). This is in contrast to the more cellular offices and spaces which provide work space for 500 plus academics and support staff, and an education space for international research fellows, lecturers and undergraduates. ‘The geometry and layout is complex and eccentric in its historic setting,’ said the judges.