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Exeter College Thomas Wood Building

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Lionel Brett, Francis Pollen
 
location Oxford
function student housing, university
contributed by davidb

A range of late 19th Century neo-gothic style buildings by Sir George Gilbert Scott (architect of St Pancras Station in London) originally occupied this north west corner of the college. They and the adjacent chapel, also by Scott, made the courtyard very dark, and the whole area was considered unsatisfactory. In the 1960s the plot was redeveloped by Brett & Pollen. Comprising chiefly of student accommodation, the main block on Broad Street has three upper floors, a pitched roof attic level and a basement/mezzanine, the latter given to retail use. Around the corner in Turl Street, the ground floor is also put to retail use but is split into three components reflecting the smaller scale of the street. The first is the return of the main block. Next is a lower block which connects to a tower that in turn links to the chapel. The simple, modernist, ashlar cladding is a perfect foil to Scott's gothic stonework. The sculpture "Another Time" by Antony Gormley was erected on the roof in 2009

 

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Exeter College Thomas Wood Building
Address
Turl Street
United Kingdom
Project is public!
Opening hours Daily: 14.00 - 17.00. An admission charge is payable.
How to get there? The project is located at the corner of Broad Street and Turl Street - 80m from the Sheldonian Theatre and just opposite the entrance to Balliol College
Completion 1964
Main designer, ArchitectLionel Brett
ArchitectFrancis Pollen
Client The Rector & Fellows of Exeter College Oxford.
 
Project ID 9070
Latitude/Longitude 51°45'15N 01°15'23W
Contributed by davidb
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