Faculty of Music, Cambridge

Sir Leslie Martin, Cambridge, 1977


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Side elevation of auditorium building 

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  • Side elevation of auditorium building    
  • Main entrance    
  • Auditorium    
  • Entrance foyer    
  • Rotating panels over the stage    
  • Site plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • South section through auditorium    
  • South elevation    
  • Sectional perspective    
  • Diagram showing three different stage arrangements    

Faculty of music for the University of Cambridge consisting of auditorium practice rooms, stable annexe, administration offices and library

The brief required a new space to house the increasing number of faculty staff and students that had out grown their existing space.

The new accommodation had to include a main auditorium, to seat 500 people. Associated with this there should be lecture and seminar rooms with one large enough to house up to 75 people, practice rooms, display area for musical instruments, backstage accommodation and store, rooms for faculty administration, foyers, student area, common room and library.

The interesting roof shape comes from the interior volumes and is designed to accommodate top lighting and ventilation ducts. The parallel trusses span to stanchions in the external walls and the external finishes consist of buff brick at lower level and a zinc clad roof.


  • Begun: Aug 1975
  • Completed: Nov 1977
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £400,000
  • Address: 11 West Rd, Cambridge, CB3 9DP, United Kingdom

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