Wadham College – The Dorothy Wadham Building

The Dorothy Wadham Building is an undergraduate residential quad which is comprised of four buildings (both three and four storeys high) which are distributed around a courtyard. A student common room, conference suite and teaching facility are located within a single storey pavilion also on the quad. The building borders Iffley Road, a main route into Oxford City Centre, and quietly asserts itself whilst still maintaining a residential appearance suitable to its surroundings.

© Nick Guttridge

The student accommodation’s architecture intends to replicate the surrounding traditional villas in a modern way. The building maintains the height and grandeur on the Iffley Road face, whilst down the side streets, the building steps down in size (to three storeys) to respect the scale of the neighbouring cottage terraces.

The interior consists of individual bedrooms based around shared kitchen, dining and lounge space. The corridors end with large windows and seating for relaxation. Internal staircases consisting of different wall and floor finishes help bring natural daylight to the lower floors.

Awards:
RIBA Regional Award 2021
Oxford Preservation Trust Award New Building 2020
Oxford Preservation Trust Award Green Award 2020
Civic Trust Award Regional Finalist 2020

Dorothy Wadham Building, 273 Iffley Rd, Oxford OX4 4LR

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