Shulman Auditorium

Berman Guedes Stretton, Oxford, 2011

 

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State of the art lecture theatre, enclosed by ancient walls, with the capacity to hold up to 150 people

The building's slate pitched roof is supported on freestanding steel columns, that run parallel to the existing stone walls from which it is seperated from by a continuous strip of clerestory glazing.

Internally a timber structure provides raked seating for the auditorium with toilets, control room and bar space situated bellow. The freestanding structure sits clear of the stone walls, and fully glazed gable ends provide views to the neighbouring buildings. All internal spaces are DDA compliant.

Oak lining allows the interior to be acoustically tuned, creating an environment suitable as both a lecture theatre and as a venue for music recitals. Daytime lighting levels can be controlled internally through the use of oak louvers, powered by motors hidden within the mullions.

Ground source heat pumps provide the base load of the heating and cooling within the auditorium, with gas fired boilers used for supplementary heating.

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  • Begun: 2010
  • Completed: 2011
  • Floor area: 350m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £3M
  • Address: Shulman Auditorium, The Queen’s College, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AW, United Kingdom

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