The Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Structural Designer

Pell Frischmann

Client Name

The University of Oxford

Location

Oxford, England

ARCHITECT

Herzog & de Meuron

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Gardiner & Theobald

MEP ENGINEER

Hoare Lea

MAIN CONTRACTOR

Laing O’Rourke

FRAME CONTRACTOR

Expanded

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A new home for Oxford University’s School of Government, where world-class academics and  practitioners pursue excellence through teaching and research in leadership and public policy education.

This striking building features high quality exposed concrete throughout. Its unusual form, established through a series of stacked, off-set cylindrical and square volumes, creates a variety of different spaces. The whole building is designed to encourage openness and communication.

Judge's comment:

The judges were very impressed with both the concept and realisation of this outstanding building.  The building’s form overlaying off-set rectangular and circular floor plates required some imaginative structural engineering. The execution makes it look effortless and the quality of finishes achieved are superb.