Churchill College Cambridge, Architecture, Cowan Court Building Photos, Architect, News

Churchill College Cambridge

Modern College Buildings in England, UK – original design by Richard Sheppard, Robson & Partners

11 Mar 2017

Location: Storey’s Way, West Cambridge, Southeast England, United Kingdom

Design: 6a architects

Cowan Court at Churchill College Buildings

Cowan Court, Churchill College buildings

6a architects has completed Cowan Court at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. The 68-room hall of residence is the first completely new court to be built since the early years of the college, which was founded as a memorial to Sir Winston Churchill in the “white heat of technology” of the early 1960s.

The original college buildings were designed by Sheppard Robson following one of the most important architectural competitions of the post-war period and in 2008, 6a won an international competition to add the new courtyard building.

The foundation of Churchill College pioneered both the radical expansion of university education and British architecture. Today the Grade II-listed college is one of the finest examples of English Brutalism in the UK. Half a century after the college was founded, Cowan Court turns the picturesque Brutalism of the original college towards the twenty-first century. 6a has transformed the raw sensuality of the original brick and board-marked concrete courts into an innovative, contemporary, low-energy timber building.

Cowan Court has three storeys, forming a square court with the same footprint as the existing courts in the college. In its overhanging floors, the jettying timber recalls the concrete bands across the facades of the existing courts, while its shadow measures the progress of the sun across the façade. Each of the facades is curved like the entasis of a classical column. The square windows of the student rooms spiral up and across, chasing around corners in playful misalignment.

source: e-flux Architecture

30 Apr 2014

Churchill College Debate

Churchill Revisited, London, UK

1 May 2014, 6.15pm

A Debate about the architectural competition for one of the first Cambridge Colleges of the modern era.

In 1959, four architectural teams were shortlisted to design Churchill College:
• Chamberlin, Powell & Bon
• Howard Killick Partridge & Amis
• Richard Sheppard Robson & Partners – Sheppard Robson
• Stirling & Gowan – James Stirling

1. Chamberlin, Powell & Bon:
Churchill College Cambridge
photo by kind permission of Frank Woods

2. Howell, Killick, Partridge & Amis:
Churchill College Cambridge
photo by kind permission of John Partridge

3. Stirling & Gowan:
Churchill College Cambridge
photo by kind permission of James Gowan and the Canadian Centre for Architecture

4. Richard Sheppard, Robson & Partners:
Churchill College Cambridge
photo by kind permission of Sheppard Robson

Modern building design by Richard Sheppard, Robson & Partners

Architects Alison Brooks, Claudia and Patrick Lynch, Tom Emerson of 6a, and Elain Harwood of English Heritage will present the original schemes to a panel of architects and critics chaired by Paul Finch.
Paul Finch is the chair/moderator.

Modern building design in Cambridgeshire

Dr. Mark Goldie of Churchill College (author of Corbusier comes to Cambridge) is the guest speaker.

Churchill College Cambridge

The presenters/champions are:
1. Alison Brooks is to present the HKP&A scheme
2. Patrick & Claudia Lynch are to present the Stirling Gowan scheme
3. Tom Emerson of 6a is to present the Sheppard Robson scheme and
4. Elain Harwood of English Heritage is to present the Chamberlain Powell & Bon scheme

Churchill College Cambridge

The panel of critics are:
1. MJ Long
2. Peter Carolin
3. David Dunster
4. Clare Wright

Churchill College Cambridge

Date: Thursday 1st May 2014
Time: 6.00 pm for 6.15 pm start
Venue: Pilbrow & Partners, 2 St John’s Square, London EC1
Book this event: Members £24 ; Concession £12; Non-Members £30

Churchill College Cambridge

Churchill College Architecture Debate

Churchill College buildings

Address: Storey’s Way
Date built: 1959-68
Design: Richard Sheppard, Robson & Partners

Churchill College Buildings

Churchill College buildings
photo © Adrian Welch

Pleasant series of external courts – some partly open, some enclosed – with attractive landscaping. One court contains a huge sprawling tree and the entry is between two lovely pools. The styling of the facades is a little sombre and typical of the sixties.

Competition winner, beating Stirling & Gowan, Chamberlin, Powell & Bon and Howell, Killick & Partridge; Judges included Leslie Martin and Basil Spence. Leslie Martin designed Harvey Court with Colin St John Wilson, a seminal Modern building; Basil Spence also designed a Cambridge building, at Queens’ College.

Stirling went on to work on the History Faculty for the University of Cambridge whilst Chamberlin, Powell & Bon worked on New Hall College.

Churchill College – recent buildings
off Storey’s Way

Henning Larsen Architect
Churchill College building
photo © Adrian Welch
These postmodern buildings look rather thin and don’t appear to fully engage with ideas and issues in traditional Cambridge architecture.

Møller Centre for Continuing Education by Henning Larsen opened in 1992, a gift from Danish tycoon Maersk McKinney Møller.

Address: Storey’s Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DS, south east England, UK

Cambridge Architecture Designs

Cambridge Architecture Tours – tailored city walks by e-architect

Churchill College Cambridge: Photos © Adrian Welch, 2005

Cambridge Building

Cambridge Building News – Selection

Churchill College – Postgraduate Accommodation, off Storey’s Way
Design: Cottrell & Vermeulen
Walls clad in clay tiles for Sussex
Postgraduate Accommodation Storey's Way building
photo © Adrian Welch
Evoking Arts & Crafts houses such as ‘Elmside’ by E.S. Prior on Grange Rd.

Cambridge Architect Studios

The Møller Centre, Churchill College
Design: DSDHA architects

Shortlist of four architects in 1959 architecture competiton:
Chamberlin Powell & Bon; HKPA; Sheppard Robson; Stirling & Gowan

Cambridge Architecture

Cambridgeshire Building Designs

Cambridgeshire Architecture Designs – property selection below:

Education Campus in Alconbury Weald, Cambridgeshire
Architect: Atkins
Alconbury Weald Education Campus, Cambridgeshire
image courtesy of architects
Education Campus in Alconbury Weald

Emmanuel College
Architect: Stanton Williams
Emmanuel College Building Cambridge
image courtesy of architects
Emmanuel College Building in Cambridge

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