The Academic Wing

Wolfson College completed its development of the Academic Wing in Spring 2016. Award winning architecture by Berman Guedes Stretton Architects has enhanced the college's focus on creating an inspirational space to meet, discuss and work. 

The whole of the Academic Wing provides a clear arrival-point on Linton Road, appropriate to the stature and the open, welcoming ethos of the College. Together, the facilities have greatly enhanced the College’s resources and space for its graduate students, its Fellows, and its Research Clusters. College Members are encouraged to make use of the new spaces before the official opening and to enjoy the new café.

Support and design

We are immensely grateful to the Wolfson Foundation and to Mr John Adams for their generous support for Phase II of our new buildings. Donations were also provided by alumni, members and friends of the College via the Memories and Marks campaign.

The new building links the Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, completed in June 2013 and shortlisted for a ‘Design Through Innovation’ award 2014 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors South East Chapter Awards, to the main College building, and provides much-needed facilities to enhance life at Wolfson. Berman Guedes Stretton Architects and Benfield and Loxley Ltd, who designed and built Phase I of the wing, will be returning to complete our next development. 

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. In Phase II, the original fine library space has remained unchanged, but a variety of new spaces now provide for different patterns of individual and group study.

The ground floor Hornik Room on the north side of the Berlin Quad Room has been extended and the first floor immediately above has been converted into open plan library space. This new quiet library space is full of sunlight and has free standing bookcases and individual desks constructed using the original elegant design from the main library.

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.

A number of new offices will also be created for use by College Clusters, including space for the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society and College administration staff. 

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. It is opening on Monday 22 February and will provide refreshments for attendees and library users and will accommodate the many various activities usual to everyday College life. The café will be open from 8am to 6.30pm on weekdays and will provide a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks at competitive prices. College members are encouraged to sit at one of the tables or sofas, meet with friends, use the wifi, or take away a coffee. Payment will be possible by card, cash or on battels.

Design features

The design of Phase II of the Academic Wing follows Powell and Moya’s (the architects of Wolfson’s original buildings) 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.

Green credentials

The building has been designed with a number of unique features to reduce energy consumption. Heating is obtained from an air source heat exchanger and a green roof forms a focal point from Linton Road. All spaces are naturally ventilated by means of movement of air induced across the building. Solar panels have been mounted on the roof of the existing building, which feeds hot water into both the new building and the existing building. The buildings will be designed with high levels of insulation and thermal performance.

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The latest from Wolfson College

21 January 2019
Professor Tarje Nissen-Meyer to deliver Annual London Lecture at Lincoln's Inn

Wolfson College is privileged to have Professor Tarje Nissen-Meyer deliver the Annual London Lecture.

18 January 2019
Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize 2019 Winner Announced

Wolfson College is honoured to announce that the winner of this year's competition was Andrew Wynn Owen for Lines of Decline.

17 January 2019
The Academics at Risk campaign

Last term the College raised almost £25,000 to place an academic at risk and their family at Wolfson.

Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
22 - 22
Jan Jan
Weinrebe Lecture 1, Notes from the Silence: writing the lives of women composers
Tuesday 22 January - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Due to the tireless work of musicologists such as Anna Beer, a rich legacy of music by women has been, and continues to be, unearthed. The tide is, however, beginning to turn and we are hearing more female composers. But how can we, indeed how should we, write these composers' lives? In the first Weinrebe Lecture of 2019, Anna will share her insights into gender, creativity and life-writing.

Networking
23 - 23
Jan Jan
Digital Research Cluster Lunch
Wednesday 23 January - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Do you use, or are you interested in using, digital technologies for research in any discipline? The lunch is an opportunity to meet and discuss your work with technology specialists and other academics, and to explore further opportunities in the College and Oxford. Contact David Robey (david.robey@wolfson.ox.ac.uk) for further information.

Lectures and Seminars
23 - 23
Jan Jan
AWRC Lunch Table and Talk - Dr Elise Morero
Wednesday 23 January - 1:15pm to 2:00pm

Lunch Table in Hall from 12:30, followed by a talk in the Florey Room at 13:15 delivered by Dr Elise Morero (Postdoc researcher at the Khalili Research Centre) on The contribution of ancient technology analysis to the history and history of art: the study of relief-carving on medieval Islamic rock crystal vessels (9-12th c.). Coffee and cakes will be served.

Lunch Table open to Cluster members.

Talk open to ALL.