King's College, Cambridge

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This project, won through a design competition, responds to King's College's pressing need for new accommodation by intensifying the current use of their Cranmer Road site to create a focused graduate campus, delivering 59 additional graduate rooms within two new architecturally distinct buildings: a linear garden building and a villa building that takes its place among the arts and crafts villas of the residential road. Designed to be familiar, quietly assured buildings of the everyday, they are nevertheless outstanding in their Passivhaus environmental performance.

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The villa building on Cranmer Road takes its scale, massing and palette of red brick form the surrounding 19th Century detached houses

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Context

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The Garden Building on the south side of the site is long and slim with a pre-cast concrete frame, and creates a consistent edge to the generous garden at the heart of the campus

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A Passivhaus environmental strategy was adopted to significantly lower energy and carbon consumption

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The new garden is considered a key student community asset, a visual and physical heart to the graduate campus

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Common rooms and kitchens are arranged with both buildings to enjoy views of the new garden

City
Cambridge, UK
Use
Education
Client
King’s College, University of Cambridge
Status
Completed
Size
2,174 sqm
Units
59
Environmental credentials
On track for Passivhaus certification
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Structure: Smith & Wallwork

Services: Max Fordham

Landscape: LDA Design

Acoustics: Max Fordham

Cost: Faithful and Gould