The top-lit covered atrium allows natural light deep into the building and provides both visual and physical connections to the seminar rooms, data storage facilities and server area, in addition to its primary function as a reading room space.
The interior features an exciting, innovative approach to academic buildings with a predominantly open plan layout supplemented with cellular offices and a mixture of differing break-out spaces, each with their own character and ambience.
Justin Nicholls, Make partner and lead project architect said: “We are excited to have gained planning for our fifth building for the University of Oxford. Part of the Park Hospital masterplan, the project will deliver a brand new public space for the campus and will allow people to gather, socialise and relax. Internally the innovative open plan spaces, lecture theatres and large expressed high-powered computing hall are gathered around a grand reading space forming the ultimate heart of the building.”
Make has designed a number of buildings for the university to date. Besides the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology and the NDM Research Building, Make also completed the Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute in 2011 and the Old Road Campus Research Building in 2007.
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