Girton College

Client Girton College
Type New build
Use Student accommodation with library
Date 1993

Our competition winning scheme for Girton College extends Wolfson Court with a new court comprising thirty-two bedsitting rooms, two Fellows’ flats and a library complex. The residential accommodation is organised in two terraces of three “houses,” each with shared kitchen, common room and laundry. The bedsitting rooms are designed for maximum flexibility as either single or double rooms, on their own or linked to their neighbour.

The central building is divided into two sections, a Law Library and a General Library, with dual use for lectures. This double height space has exposed roof trusses and study galleries overlooking the libraries below, bridging the central entrance. Timber is widely used in the project with the intention of creating warm interiors in buildings which provide a less institutional and more friendly environment than the original.

In describing the completed project, the Redland Pitched Roof Awards judges said “The Architects have designed a collegiate environment in which it will be a pleasure to live. Both they and Girton College can be justly proud.” The project won this award in 1994.