Florey Building

Queen's College, University of Oxford

Completed in 1971, James Stirling’s listed Florey Building is regarded as one of the great post-war modernist buildings in Britain.

Nicholas Hare Architects was shortlisted from an open competition to carry out sensitive refurbishment and expansion of the building’s student accommodation provision. The brief called for modernised facilities and exemplary energy performance.

New en-suites were proposed for each of the existing student rooms, with good internal comfort conditions established through carefully overhauling the external building fabric. Enhanced social and conference facilities were proposed along with the insertion of a slender new building, a riverside 'campanile', sitting adjacent to the Florey's bold flowing form.

The Florey is immediately and convincingly there, a single coherent, glistening, precise and totally convincing object.
Architectural Review

Our Team

  • James Eades
  • Ruth Saxton
  • Chris Mason
  • Amy Corrigan
  • Thomas Longley

Project Team

  • Structural Engineer: Integral Engineering Design
  • Services Engineer: Arup
  • Façade Consultant: Arup
  • Landscape and Ecology: Gary Grant
  • Sustainability Consultant: Buro Happold