Keble College – Sloane Robinson Building

A large mixed-use building completing a new quad on the site of the fellows’ garden (Rick Mather/MICA 2002).

One of two buildings by Rick Mather for Keble College, the Sloane Robinson Building houses the O’Reilly Theatre on its lower levels, a flexible auditorium seating 250, which readily converts into an open hall. The floors above this provide other facilities including a recital room, seminar rooms, and 20 study bedrooms. Together with Mather’s ARCO building of 1995, which is a block of student rooms, the two buildings infilled the remaining parts of the college grounds. In response to the polychromatic brickwork of Butterfield’s Grade 1 listed college complex (1870), both buildings use a thin, hand-made brick that picks up the original colours. Laid in a vertical stack bond with broad, continuous horizontal joints, the facades subtly reflect the horizontal banding used by Butterfield.

Awards: RIBA Award 2004; OPT Award 2003

Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PG (theatre entrance on Blackhall Road)

Stack bonded brickwork

Stack bonded brickwork

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