Keble College – Sloane Robinson Building

A large mixed-use building completing a new quad on the site of the fellows’ garden (Rick Mather Architects 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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