The Shulman Auditorium Oxford, Queen’s College Architecture, Design, England

The Shulman Auditorium : Queen’s College Oxford

Lecture Theatre Building, England, UK – design by Berman Guedes Stretton

30 Jun 2012

Shulman Lecture Theatre Oxford

Design: Berman Guedes Stretton

The Shulman Auditorium

The context could not be more challenging: with Hawksmoor spires behind it sits in the heart of the college facing the dons’ Senior Common Room.

The Shulman Auditorium Queen’s College Oxford building

Photos : Adrian Arbib

Yet the Shulman Auditorium is remarkable for its skilful combination of traditional materials with an uncompromisingly modern design and it became a much-loved part of the college from the moment it opened.

The Shulman Auditorium Queen’s College Oxford

The use of the elegant columns as vertical cantilevers allows the roof structure to be free of horizontal ties. The roof thus floats effortlessly above the external walls and all but disappears internally.

The Shulman Auditorium Queen’s College Oxford building interior

Closing the electrically operated large timber louvres transforms the space into an intimate living room. The building conveys that rare quality of feeling as if it has always been there.

The Shulman Auditorium Queen’s College Oxford interior

Shulman Lecture Theatre – RIBA Awards winner, 2012

Shulman Lecture Theatre – Building Information

Location: Queen’s College, Oxford
Architect: BGS Architects
Client: Queen’s College, Oxford
Contractor: Kingerlee
Consultants: Hoare Lea, Price & Myers, PSP Consultants
Contract Value: £3.0 million
Date of completion: Sep 2011
Gross internal area: 3,506 sqm

Shulman Lecture Theatre images / information from RIBA

Berman Guedes Stretton

Location: Queen’s College, Oxford, UK

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