Bodleian Weston Library

Oxford University

“a radical remodelling [that] turns a dull, introverted building into a dynamic, spacious public arena”, Clare Wright

Refurbishment and reconfiguration of the former New Bodleian Library (Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, 1940), a landmark building on Broad Street (Wilkinson Eyre, 2015).

Bodleian Weston LibraryIn a major refurbishment of this well-established branch of the Bodleian Library, an impressive public hall has been carved out of its former book stacks, opening onto a south-facing arcade. The atrium space of the Blackwell Hall accommodates cultural events and receptions, with a café, and gives access to new exhibition spaces and a lecture theatre. Other internal changes include a new reading room on the top level of the building.

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG

References: Clare Wright, ‘New Chapter’, Architecture Today, 257, April 2015, pp. 46-52.

Awards: RIBA South Region Award 2016; OPT Award 2015; shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize, 2016; AJ Building of the Year, 2016

Blackwell Hall

Blackwell Hall

Ground floor layout

Ground floor layout