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St Edward's School Olivier Hall and Christie Centre, Oxford

TSH Architects has created an assembly and performance space as well as teaching areas

St Edward's School - Olivier Hall and Christie Centre
St Edward's School - Olivier Hall and Christie Centre Credit: Chris Heaney

TSH Architects for St. Edward's School
Contract value: £18.4m
GIA: 3,995m²
Cost per m²: £4,616 

Space for assembly, performance, learning and teaching and an opportunity to complete the large Victorian quadrangle around which the school was planned.

The stone-clad gable of the library firmly establishes the corner of the quad, and mirrors the existing stone chapel.  The three pitched roofs and gable ends of the L-shaped Christie Centre echo the existing formal language across the site, whereas the oval mass of Olivier Hall clearly denote its status as a place of communal assembly. Its geometry embraces and includes with the warmth of the acoustic timber panelling.

The reading room on the top floor of the library has also been conceived with ambition, its character defined by the oak glulam structure of the roof, and a rooflight at its apex that casts a play of light and shadow over the diagrid framework below. 

  • St Edward's School - Olivier Hall and Christie Centre
    St Edward's School - Olivier Hall and Christie Centre Credit: Christopher Cornwell
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    St Edward's School - Olivier Hall and Christie Centre Credit: Toby Martin
  • St Edward's School - Olivier Hall and Christie Centre
    St Edward's School - Olivier Hall and Christie Centre Credit: Chris Heaney
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    St Edward's School - Olivier Hall and Christie Centre Credit: Christopher Cornwell
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