University of Winchester Winton Chapel, Winchester

Elements are bold; the feel is of calm reverence

University of Winchester Winton Chapel by Design Engine Architects.
University of Winchester Winton Chapel by Design Engine Architects. Credit: Peter Blundy

Design Engine Architects for University of Winchester

Contract value: £800,000

GIA: 210m²

In this restoration and extension of the university’s Victorian but unlisted chapel, the jury was pleased to see an unlisted building being treated as a heritage asset to be cared for. The additions enhance the whole, and are readily distinct from the original.

  • University of Winchester Winton Chapel by Design Engine Architects.
    University of Winchester Winton Chapel by Design Engine Architects. Credit: Peter Blundy
  • University of Winchester Winton Chapel by Design Engine Architects.
    University of Winchester Winton Chapel by Design Engine Architects. Credit: Peter Blundy
  • University of Winchester Winton Chapel by Design Engine Architects.
    University of Winchester Winton Chapel by Design Engine Architects. Credit: Peter Blundy
  • University of Winchester Winton Chapel by Design Engine Architects.
    University of Winchester Winton Chapel by Design Engine Architects. Credit: Peter Blundy
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A new lobby has a sculptural altar and font within it, with the uncovering of the roof and a tile backdrop to the altar revealing a richness that had been lost through insensitive additions. A new vestry and chapel space use natural light to dramatic effect. While elements are bold, the feel is of calm reverence. Architecturally, the new north side addition is a ‘jewel’ at the heart of the campus, clad in gold anodised aluminium, with a tapering and twisted roof pitch. A clever project, with an impact beyond its scale.


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