Clare College Cambridge, Architecture, Building, Photos
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Clare College Cambridge
Clare College – Memorial Court buildings
Location: Memorial Court, off Queens’ Road
Dates built: 1923-24; 1984-85
Design: Giles Gilbert Scott
The central octagonal building (left of picture) 1984-85, is surrounded by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s severe court of 1923-34. Located beyond the River Cam across The Backs from the old Clare College.
The brown colour and massive detailing makes this building feel wooden and unfriendly, grand from the front but requiring softness in its court, eg a colonnade or two. The later building ingeniously slotted into the court by a different architect is contextual from the east (front) but becomes a warm postmodern homage to Italian palazzos on the west, facing Giles Gilbert Scott‘s Cambridge University Library.
Clare College – New Court
Date built: 2009
Design: van Heyningen and Haward Architects
photo © Will Pryce
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Cambridge Architecture Design – chronological list
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Cambridge University Library
Location: West Road, Cambridge, 1931-34, by Giles Gilbert Scott
Forbes Mellon Library
Date built: 1986
Design: Arup Associates
Clare College Cambridge: Photos © adrian welch 2005
The library is open to all members of the college currently in residence, and, in common with other college libraries, forms part of the tripartite library provision within the University, complementing both the specialist libraries found in faculties and departments and the Cambridge University Library. The Forbes Mellon holds about 30,000 books.
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