We are currently working on a 3-phase masterplan for the development of the Master’s Fields at Balliol College in Oxford. The college seeks to develop the site in the spirit of a traditional collegiate setting, providing on site accommodation for 100% of the undergraduate intake in addition to a sport pavilion, assembly building, common rooms, sports facilities and learning spaces.
Perceiving social gatherings as being at the center of collegiate living, we have arranged the study bedrooms in clusters, around a central social space. As one of the primary spatial intentions of the scheme, this principle informs the arrangement of rooms, then buildings, then en- sembles of blocks around the landscape quadrangles.
The proposals work to reconcile the broad context, the Master’s Fields and the street, through the form and the unified architectural language that has been developed.