The Academic Wing

In commemoration of the work that has been done by the college over the last 50 years a new academic wing was commissioned. 

We are immensely grateful to the Wolfson Foundation, to Mr John Adams, alumni, members and friends, for their generous support for Phase II of our new buildings, which was opened on the 10 March 2016. 

The New Academic Wing links the Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, completed in June 2013, to the main College building, and provides facilities to enhance life at Wolfson. Berman Guedes Stretton Architects and Benfield and Loxley Ltd, who designed and built Phase I of the wing, have done a beautiful job merging the old style of original architect Powell and Moya with a modern and clean esthetics.

Design features

The design of the Academic Wing follows Powell and Moya’s palette and materials and mode of composition, balancing areas of blank walls with both large and small areas of glass. As well as rectangular windows, the larger areas of glass are broken into vertical striped elements made from narrow glazing frames, within a discipline of linear elements that are exposed and suppressed in different places. The contrast between rough and smooth wall surfaces, white and grey/blue granite are exploited, and the whole is ordered by the prevalence of columns as an architectural element, in the same bush-hammered finish as the existing building. This gives to the new design a similar order and rhythm as the original. 

New spaces for work and play

The development of new study spaces is central to the new building. In parallel with changing technology, students desire a wider range of study environments, providing opportunities for collective learning and sharing of ideas and resources in a less formal atmosphere, while wishing also to retain the more traditional library spaces and facilities. 

Library break-out area

The first floor of the Academic Wing now provides a study zone that differs fundamentally from the existing library. It offers a shared space for collective studying, group work and informal discussion with comfortable soft seating, coffee tables, and ample power sockets. At the far end of the room, there is a sound-proofed media space accommodating a group of about ten people, which will have a large wall-mounted LCD display screen, allowing for group study or presentations.

Café

The ground floor is a brand new social hub with a café exhibition space for use by academics, students and visitors attending seminars and conferences in the Leonard Wolfson Auditorium. 

Green credentials

The building has been designed with a number of unique features to reduce energy consumption. 

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Events

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LWA
6 November 2017
Aris Lecture 2017

This year's lecture will be delivered by Emeritus Professor, University of Oslo, Per Kvaerne and Tenzin Kesang of Dharamsala.

Greg Woolf RSL17
30 October 2017
The Ronald Syme Lecture: Migration and the Metropolis: How ancient Rome stayed great

Professor Greg Woolf delivers the Ronald Syme Lecture this year.

23 October 2017
Imagining the Divine: Exhibition

Wolfson scholars collaborate on a unique exhibition on the art of major world religions at the Ashmolean Museum.

Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
23 - 23
Nov Nov
Travelling and Filming in Gandhara
Thursday 23 November -
5:00pm to 6:30pm

In this public lecture of the Classical Art Research Centre's Gandhara Connections project, the historian and broadcaster Michael Wood will be showing film footage and talking about his travels in the area of ancient Gandhara (roughly northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan) in the course of more than thirty years of documentary film making.

Parties and Dinners
23 - 23
Nov Nov
Guest Night
Thursday 23 November -
7:30pm to 10:00pm

Guest Night dinners take place on Thursdays during full term and are open to all members of College and Common Room. They provide a convivial atmosphere and the chance to meet other Wolfsonians as well as entertaining guests. Dress code is smart (no gowns). Pre-dinner drinks are normally at 7.00 pm, followed by dinner at 7.30 pm.

Clubs & Societies
24 - 24
Nov Nov
Csontváry, Painter of the Sun’s Path
Friday 24 November -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

An illustrated talk about Csontváry’s life and art, based on the ‘Csontváry's paintings in Transylvania’ 2016 exhibition in Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc).