Make Architects Reveal Big Data Institute for University of Oxford

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Make Architects have just received planning permission to build a world-class institute devoted to research and processing of health-related data on Oxford University’s Old Road Campus. The Big Data Institute (BDI) will be built adjacent to two other Make-designed buildings: The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and the NDM Research Building. The BDI will be London-based Make Architects‘ fifth building on ’s Old Road Campus.

Wondering what’s inside? Find out more after the break.

University of Oxford Mathematical Institute / Rafael Viñoly Architects

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Architects: Rafael Viñoly Architects
Location: , UK
Area: 24,400 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Will Pryce

John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie Building / Design Engine

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Architects: Design Engine
Location: Brookes University – Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, , Oxfordshire OX3 0BP, UK
Architect In Charge: Richard Jobson
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nick Kane

Design Competition for James Stirling’s Florey Building

View showing the raised glass facade wrapping the social courtyard / © James Brittain

The Queen’s College, is delighted to announce the launch of the Florey Design Competition. The College seeks a dedicated team to restore and add new facilities to ’s modernist masterpiece, The Florey building, which is Grade II listed.

Admired worldwide for its boldness and heroism, the Florey has been beset with infamous technical and practical failings since it opened forty years ago. Despite this, the building has remained largely popular with undergraduates for its sociable spaces and views of the river setting.

Teams must also address the wider site for the inclusion of new accommodation, social and modern facilities, as well as improving and refreshing the overall river setting. For further details please click here.

Oriel College Design Competition Shortlist Announced

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Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) recently announced the results of the first stage of the design competition to re-program and re-design Oriel College, ’s social spaces. The shortlist, a fascinating cross-section of British architectural talent ranging from the contextual to the contemporary, is made-up of established practices with extensive portfolios. More than sixty teams submitted Expressions of Interest for the competition, which was launched in late June. The shortlisted teams include: AL_A, Allies and MorrisonCaruso St John ArchitectsPanter Hudspith Architects, and Wright & Wright Architects. More images and information after the break.

St Antony’s College / Bennetts Associates Architects

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Architects: Bennetts Associates Architects
Location: , Oxfordshire, England
Engineer: Buro Happold
Quantity Surveyor: Northcroft
Contractor: Kingerlee
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hufton + Crow

Student Accommodation, Somerville College / Níall McLaughlin Architects

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Architects: Níall McLaughlin Architects
Location: Somerville College, , Oxfordshire, UK
Area: 2,541 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of , Nick Kane

AD Classics: Florey Building / James Stirling

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The Queen’s College Florey building is the third and last building of  “The Red Trilogy” (the Leicester Engineering Faculty building and the Cambridge History Faculty building being the first two) designed by , solidifying him as an irreplaceable facet in modern Architecture.

University of Oxford Mathematical Institute / RVA

Rafael Viñoly Architects have just announced the official groundbreaking of their Math Institute at the University of .  Prior to the project, ’s mathematics department was scattered across the University in different locations.  RVA was commissioned to provide a design solution that provided a centralized building for the entire department, to create a balanced environment for academics’ need for privacy with the increasing importance of interdisciplinary collaboration.  

More about the design after the break.

Chemistry Oxford / FJMT

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The University of has received planning permission for a new £170M chemistry laboratory complex designed by Francis- Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT). This follows a unanimous vote in favour of the scheme by Oxford City Council’s West Area Planning Committee where the scheme was described as one of the most striking new buildings in Oxford. More images and complete press release after the break.

AD Classics: Miami University Art Museum / SOM

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Known for their academic and institutional works that begin to integrate the academia with the outside world, SOM designed the Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, as an academic facility, as well as an art venue for the public to experience.  Situated on Miami University’s campus, the art museum enhances the universities cultural influence on the surrounding area by making Miami University the artistic and cultural center of Oxford.

Completed in 1979, Walter Netsch and his team at SOM designed the museum as a responsive sculpture that appears to emerge from the elevated terrain and the surrounding wooded landscape.

More on the Miami University Art Museum after the break.