The Ruth Deech Building, St Anne's College

Fred Pilbrow was design partner at KPF for the award–winning proposals for St Anne’s College Oxford in the North Oxford Conservation area. The Ruth Deech Building creates new residential and teaching accommodation on a restricted site between the Grade II listed Hartland House by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and a terrace of Victorian villas. This is a project of KPF Architecture.

Date
2004

Client
University of Oxford

Location
Oxford, UK

Gross Floor Area
4 600 m2

Status
Built

The project is resonant with challenges faced by Imperial College London – to provide new space to a high quality where availability of land is limited and to deliver improvements to the public realm.

The materials were carefully selected; the Bath stone for the facades, chosen to match that of Hartland House, was quarried locally, reducing transit costs and emissions. The teaching spaces are naturally ventilated and use underground air ducts which provide natural ground cooling in the summer months.