Oxford University: A Department by Herzog & de Meuron

Oxford University, renowned for its academic excellence, has expanded its campus with the addition of a beautifully designed department. The Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron is the creative force behind this striking architectural masterpiece, which features expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, enhancing the beauty of the Oxford campus.

The campus features OneCollection’s furniture, including the Council Chair by Salto & Sigsgaard, originally designed for the renovation of the United Nations’ Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN building in New York. In addition to the iconic Council Chair, the splendid Oxford building is adorned with several classics by Finn Juhl, such as the Baker sofa and the Pelican chair.

The school’s mission to impart governance principles that enhance communities and encourage collaboration is embodied in Herzog de Meuron’s design. A unique arrangement of cylindrical and horseshoe-shaped blocks forms the graceful glass structure, intended to harmonize with Oxford University’s Radcliffe Camera and the Sheldonian Theatre buildings.

The different volumes provide a sense of scale and proportion, thus helping integrate the building within its delicate historic context. Rows of slender glass panels set into the faces of each of the curving volumes are intended to echo the proportions of Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Meanwhile, a double-glazed window – which builders claim is Europe’s largest – frames a view across the street of the Neo-Classical Oxford University Press building.