North West Cambridge Utility Buildings

Elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary

North West Cambridge Utility Buildings, Cambridge
North West Cambridge Utility Buildings, Cambridge Credit: Jack Hobhouse

East RIBA Regional Award 2019

Robin Lee Architecture for University of Cambridge
Contract value: Undisclosed
GIA: Undisclosed

The architect chose to treat these potentially mundane installations as stand-out pristine pieces that adorn the site in the manner of artwork in a sculpture park. A very limited palate of forms and materials was used, beautifully detailed, that exploited each shape as an essay in proportion and geometry. The off-white brick, noticeably lighter than any other brick used in the wider development, gives each building a luminous prominence. The emotional effect of the pieces is powerful and impressive, elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary.

  • North West Cambridge Utility Buildings, Cambridge
    North West Cambridge Utility Buildings, Cambridge Credit: Jack Hobhouse
  • North West Cambridge Utility Buildings, Cambridge
    North West Cambridge Utility Buildings, Cambridge Credit: Jack Hobhouse
  • North West Cambridge Utility Buildings, Cambridge
    North West Cambridge Utility Buildings, Cambridge Credit: Jack Hobhouse
  • North West Cambridge Utility Buildings, Cambridge
    North West Cambridge Utility Buildings, Cambridge Credit: Jack Hobhouse
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