The Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
The University of Oxford
Herzog & de Meuron
Gardiner & Theobald
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.
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.