Queens College Cambridge, Photos, Collegiate Architecture, Building, Date, Architect
Queens’ College Buildings, Cambridge
Traditional University College in southeast England, UK: Architecture
Queens’ College Buildings Cambridge
Location: Silver Street, south side of city centre
Old Court & Cloister Court
off Queen’s Lane
Date built: 1448-49; approx. 1450-1540
Design: various architects
President’s Gallery (app.1540) of Cloister Court shown above, rambling half-timbered building that oozes charm and old Cambridge memories.
The Backs, off Silver St
Powell & Moya Architects
This is a masterful piece of Cambridge architecture, using the same crisp white articulation of facades as their St John’s College buildings. Like Casson & Conder’s Sidgwick building Powell & Moya have set accommodation above the pedestrian a la Le Corbusier. The winning formula here is to use a raised grass court with focal mature tree and good quality materials and detailing. Some of the lead detailing looks hard to maintain and friendly to pigeons but the court is so memorable this is to be overlooked.
An attempt to continue the Powell & Moya architecture to the west was undertaken by current Cambridge architects, Bland, Brown & Cole in 1989 – Queens’ College Lyon Court – but despite a striking roof and a clear attempt to be contextual the quality does not quite match.
Mathematical BridgeRiver Cam, off Silver St
1749; rebuilt 1867 & 1902
This view of the Cambridge Mathematical Bridge was taken from the Silver Street bridge by Edwin Lutyens; we have two Edwin Lutyens houses on our site – in Scotland. But Lutyens also completed Benson Court at Magdalene College (1930-32) at the other end of the town from Queens’ College.
Architect Basil Spence completed his only Cambridge building – the Erasmus building – 1959-60 at Queens’ College.
Address: Queens’ College, Cambridge, CB3 9ET
Contact: 01223 335511
Location: Cambridge, CB3 9ET
Cambridge Architecture Design – chronological list
Another Cambridge building by Powell & Moya:
Queens’ College – Erasmus building
Basil Spence completed his only Cambridge building – the stark, rectilinear Erasmus building – 1959-60 on the Backs at this historic Cambridge college.
Cambridge Buildings – Architecture Tour of the city on one page
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Queen’s College Cambridge: Photos © Adrian Welch, 2005
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