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6 Jan 2016

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Oxford Student Housing

A proposed student housing scheme by TP Bennett has been accused of threatening the setting of Arne Jacobsen’s grade I-listed St Catherine’s College in Oxford, reports Building Design.

Oxford Student Housing design by TP Bennett
image courtesy TP Bennett Architects

The scheme, a joint venture by Merton College and the property developer McLaren known as Manor Place, has already been altered in response to complaints, with the number of student study rooms cut from 349 to 286.

But opponents, including the leadership of St Catherine’s College, argue the revised proposal, while an improvement, would cause “substantial harm”.

Oxford Student Housing by TP Bennett
image courtesy TP Bennett Architects

The site is tucked away on the eastern edge of central Oxford, bordered by St Catherine’s just across the River Cherwell, Holywell Cemetery – where Wind in the Willows writer Kenneth Grahame is buried – and the gardens of the Magdalen Deer Park.

It has provoked many letters of objection including the Twentieth Century Society which expressed “deep concern” about overdevelopment and Oxford Civic Society, which expressed “grave misgivings… for such a jewel of a site”. The Jacobsen building dates from 1964.

St Catherine’s College, Oxford:
St Catherine's College Oxford Building
photo : Wikimedia Commons ; Date: 21 May 2007 (original upload date)
Source: Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Kurpfalzbilder.de using CommonsHelper.
Author: Munkfishmonger at English Wikipedia

St Catherine’s College, Oxford:
St Catherine's College, Oxford Building by Arne Jacobsen
photo : Wikimedia Commons ; Date 2 December 2008 ; Source: From geograph.org.uk ; Author: Kenneth Yarham

Description
“St Catherine’s College, Oxford Designed by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen in the 1960s, St Catherine’s College is Grade I listed.”

St Catherine’s College, Oxford:
St Catherine's College, Oxford
photo : Wikimedia Commons ; Date: 21 July 2010, 18:40
Source: arne jacobsen, st. catherine’s college, oxford 10 ; Author: seier+seier

Description
“st. catherine’s college, oxford, england 1959-1964. architect: arne jacobsen, 1902-1971.
the architecture of st. catherine’s is not as simple as the plans suggest. some of the formal games played here are extreme.
look at those cantilevered beams, the section must have a 10:1 ratio. I don’t recall ever seeing that outside fehn’s idiosyncratic venice pavilion.
and the louvres of the auditorium building, suspended from the roofline like kyoto sudare mats.
the impossibly slender concrete columns here form the bottom part of a campanile.
how do you even begin to classify a building combining such elements?”

Website: Oxford Student Housing by TP Bennett Architects

The College is situated towards the east of Oxford, on the bank of the Cherwell river. Its striking buildings in glass and concrete by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen marry modern materials with a traditional layout around a quadrangle. Jacobsen’s designs went further than just the fabric of the buildings, with cutlery, furniture, and lampshades being of his own idiosyncratic design. The dining hall is notable for its Cumberland slate floor. The original college buildings received a Grade I listing in 1993.

Website: St Catherine’s College, Oxford by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen

TP Bennett – Key Projects

Featured Buildings by TP Bennett, alphabetical:

IPC Media HQ, London
2007
Bennett Interior Design – part of TP Bennett

London Bridge Thameslink 2000 project, southeast London, UK
2007-
TP Bennett with Pascall & Watson + Jestico & Whiles
London Bridge Station
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London Bridge Station
incl. redevelopment of Blackfriars Station; London Bridge Station; Borough Market

The Shard, London – design by Renzo Piano Building Workshop
The Shard Building
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City Point – Britannic Tower, Moor Lane: BP International offices, Ropemaker St, London, UK

TP Bennett Partnership / Sheppard Robson Architects
City Point
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Moorgate Offices

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