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Library and Study Centre, Oxford

Ergonomically designed social and study spaces that are well connected to the outdoors

Library and Study Centre.
Library and Study Centre. Credit: Dennis Gilbert

Wright & Wright Architects for St John’s College Oxford
Contract value: undisclosed 
GIA: 1,780m2

The new library and study centre is a pioneering sustainable design targeting net zero carbon in the challenging grade I listed Baroque setting of St John’s College Canterbury Quad. It meets student need with a variety of social and study spaces that are naturally lit and ventilated, well-connected to the outdoors and ergonomically designed. The project addresses two challenges; creating a highly insulated new, sustainable academic facility alongside a radical reimagining, restoration and retrofit of a complex set of listed buildings that have all been made fully accessible. The highest standards of detailing and craftsmanship were sought to achieve both.

  • Library and Study Centre.
    Library and Study Centre. Credit: Dennis Gilbert
  • Library and Study Centre.
    Library and Study Centre. Credit: Nick Hufton
  • Library and Study Centre.
    Library and Study Centre. Credit: Nick Hufton
  • Library and Study Centre.
    Library and Study Centre. Credit: Nick Hufton
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