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University of Oxford Biochemistry Building

Higher Education Development England – design by HawkinsBrown, architects

1 Jul 2009

University of Oxford New Biochemistry Building

2009

Design: HawkinsBrown

University of Oxford New Biochemistry Building
photo : Tim Crocker

The University of Oxford’s Biochemistry Department, designed by HawkinsBrown, has won a 2009 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award.

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The new state-of-the-art research building achieves a new ethos of “interdisciplinary working” where the exchange of ideas is promoted in a large collective and connective environment.

The new £49 million 12,000 sq m facility deliberately challenges public perceptions of the secretive nature of research. Elevations are transparent with research spaces brought to the external face, making a political point about the value and integrity of biomedical research.

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The new Biochemistry’s art programme ‘Salt Bridges’ was a major constituent in providing this creative and thought-provoking environment, bringing artists in direct collaboration with researchers within the department to produce site-specific works exploring the dynamic interaction between artistic practice and scientific research to complement the architecture. The result has been a series of site-specific installations – by artists Nicky Hirst, Peter Fraser, Tim Head and Annie Cattrell – which integrate seamlessly with the building and its interiors.

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