MRC is delighted to announce the shortlist for the private, invited design competition for St Cross College, Oxford. The selected teams will now be asked to develop concept designs which complete the College’s exceptional site on St Giles, adjacent to the Grade II listed Pusey House.
The St Cross College Building Committee, advised by MRC and the Oxford University Estates Directorate, selected four practices to work on the project. These are:
Niall McLaughlin Architects
Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects
Walters and Cohen
Wilkinson Eyre Architects
The College has deliberately sought a range of talent and experience. Each firm brings different strengths and expertise to the project.
The shortlisted teams have been given the rare opportunity to finish a tucked-away and much-loved space in central Oxford. They will create a new design to complete two sides of the College’s West Quadrangle. The brief calls for a new building which ‘should seem a natural companion and complement to the existing buildings, enhancing them, the garden and the surrounding townscape.’ It concludes that, ‘In whole and in detail this should be a scheme which provides continuing satisfaction and unexpected moments of delight.’
St Cross provides its international graduate community with the opportunity to live and work in an inter-disciplinary environment, which spans and integrates the arts and sciences. The new design will provide additional accommodation, continuing the ancient college tradition of living and studying around peaceful communal outdoor spaces.
The winning team will be announced in Autumn 2012.