Magdalen College – Longwall Library

Magdalen College

Renovation and extension of the existing library (Wright & Wright, 2016)

Longwall LibraryThe Longwall Library was first housed in the former Magdalen College School, a neo-gothic hall by J C Buckler (1851), following its conversion by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1932. For this remodelling and extension, the architects have completely reconstructed the interior, inserting a free-standing structure to provide four levels of book stacks and reading areas. A single-storey extension takes the form of a semi-basement in Longwall Quad, which itself has been redesigned as an outdoor seating and reading area, supported by wi-fi coverage. The new work is in matching stone with lead facings to the prominent skylights, and sits beneath the mass of the ancient Longwall.

Awards: OPT Award, 2016

High Street, Oxford OX1 4AU

Upper reading area

Upper reading area

Longwall Library © Wright & Wright

Lower reading area © Wright & Wright


New reading room

Plan © Wright & Wright

Plan © Wright & Wright

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