FITZWILLIAM COLLEGE

Cambridge

The original buildings of Fitzwilliam College were designed by Sir Denys Lasdun in 1958 although his overall masterplan was never fully realised. These two new brick buildings, a gatehouse and an auditorium, complete the perimeter of the site and enclose a new garden court.

The new gatehouse provides the College with a proper main entrance and residential accommodation on its two upper floors.

The impact of the new auditorium is reduced by placing its lower floor at basement level, with the audience arriving at gallery level. Simple, manually-operated sliding wooden shutters allow the interior to be blacked out if required. The fully glazed double-height foyer looks out across the gardens.

Team

Client
Fitzwilliam College
University of Cambridge
Structural engineer
whitbybird Ltd
Services engineer
whitbybird Ltd
Civil engineer
Waterman Partnership
Quantity surveyor
Dearle and Henderson
Contractor
Marriott Construction
Landscape architect
Cambridge Landscape Architects
Lighting consultant
Isometrix Lighting and Design Ltd
Planning consultant
Carillion

Photography
Peter Cook/VIEW
Dennis Gilbert/VIEW

Data

Completion date
2004
Location
University of Cambridge
Cambridge

RIBA Award
2005
Civic Trust Awards
Commendation
2007
Concrete Society Award
Building of the Year
2005
Brick Award
Building of the Year
2005