New build six storey residential building with flexible basement theatre space.
Extensive structural glass work including entrance canopy formed using cantilever glass beams supported on bearings within the external wall.
University of Oxford, Oxford
Rick Mather Architects
Keble College, Oxford
Keble College is one of the largest of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford.
Eckersley O’Callaghan were appointed as glass consultants for the structural glass elements of Keble College’s new building, which was to have a mix of uses including residential, theatre and café.
The main element was the entrance canopy. Glass beams cantilever to support a four by four metre laminated glass roof. In order to support the loads generated, highly engineered bearings in the beams are integrated within the concealed gutter. These contain counter-rotating flat-sided cams in order to deal with the tolerances of bolting through holes in laminated glass beams.
Other areas of structural glass included the large glazed corner to the garden which wraps over the building as a faceted-curve rooflight and down the street elevation as a glass slot.
The building won an RIBA Building of the Year award and a Civic Trust Award.