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.

RIBA Award 2004

Civic Trust Award 2005 - Commendation

Keble College is one of the largest of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. Eckersley O’Callaghan was appointed as glass consultant for the structural glass elements of Keble College’s new mixed-use building, which includes residential, theatre and café spaces.

The main glass element was the entrance canopy. Glass beams cantilever to support a 4 x 4 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.

Location
Oxford, UK

Client 
Keble College

Architect
Rick Mather Architects