Category: university

sosbrutalism: Sublime entrance: Stafford, Moor…

sosbrutalism:

Sublime entrance:

Stafford, Moor & Farrington: School of Molecular Bioscience & Biochemistry, Sydney University, Sydney, Australia, 1970–1973

Photo: © Peter Miller 2017

Facultad de Estudios Estadísticos, Madrid, Mi…

Facultad de Estudios Estadísticos, Madrid, Miguel Fisac, 1952-55

jeroenapers:

jeroenapers:

Ooit een studentenhuisvesting en architectonisch icoon, afgelopen decennia in vervalt geraakt, recentelijk in de renovatie gegaan en binnenkort weer behuisd met de originele functie. Het Collège Néerlandais van Willem Dudok in het Parijse Cité Universitaire. Bijzonder van deze oude afbeelding is dat het Mallet-Stevens als architect bestempeld.

dominionmodern: new college, university of tor…

dominionmodern:

new college, university of toronto, built 1962-67, macy dubois architect

fparadise: UERJ – recorte #1

fparadise:

UERJ – recorte #1

damirdoma: Inspiration: André Jacqmain, Place …

damirdoma:

Inspiration: André Jacqmain, Place des Sciences, Louvain-La-Neuve, 1973

Theatre and Erik Jonsson Academic Center, Univ…

Theatre and Erik Jonsson Academic Center, University of Texas, Dallas, 1975

Gymnasium of New Campus of Tianjin University …

Gymnasium of New Campus of Tianjin University / Atelier Li Xinggang

Photos © Haiting Sun, Qianxi Zhang

bolarti: Saint Petersburg State Marine Techni…

bolarti:

Saint Petersburg State Marine Technical University

commonorgarden: Wolfson College, Oxford (Powell & Moya,…

commonorgarden:

Wolfson College, Oxford (Powell & Moya, 1968-74)

I’ve been doing weekend tours of the modernist colleges at Oxford and last weekend I cycled up the river to Wolfson. It was founded in 1965 as a graduate-only college. Unlike the contemporary St Catherine’s College it maintains the traditional college layout of quads and ranges with the added feature of a punting harbour on the Cherwell.

The college’s first president was Isiah Berlin who envisaged a centre for academic excellence built on a foundation of egalitarianism. There is no top table at hall and graduate students sit on the governing body of the college.

I feel bad that I visited St Catz’s on a day of sparkling sunshine but Wolfson late on a cloudy November afternoon. In the low, grey light the college did seem rather like a very progressive prison colony. I wonder whether the college uses its listed status to put off any modernisation or refurbishment that might be required; of course it’s important to maintain the integrity of the architectural whole but, whether through inertia or not, it is done at the expense of Wolfson being a pleasant environment for modern students. 

That said it is not an unpleasant place to be, just a bit colourless and dated. The layout and design is admirable for its completeness and the way it updated the traditional model of Oxford colleges. It could just do with a very sympathetic tidy up.