St Cross College, Oxford

Our successful scheme for the competition encloses an existing but in- complete quadrangle with an L-shaped proposal which is broken down into smaller buildings, allowing the 53 study bedrooms in the upper floors to form clusters of 4 reducing the visual impact of the building exterior. Shared kitchens sit in the gaps between the clusters. All common spaces are located at ground floor level, which include a lecture theatre, seminar rooms, a library and a cafe. These spaces enjoy direct access onto the informal and richly planted garden-quad.