Cambridge University, Department of Architecture

Mole Architects, Cambridge, 2008


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The timber construction creates a contrast in its context 

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  • The timber construction creates a contrast in its context    
  • A Large glazed facade makes the studio space transparent and allows for daylighting    
  • Undercroft parking    
  • Saw-tooth roof allows natural lighting    
  • Glazed gable ends    
  • Timber framed construction    
  • Large glazing    
  • View at night    
  • Ancillary facilities are catered for    
  • Studio space    
  • Natural light enters the students studio space    
  • External view    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section    
  • Isometric    
  • Sketched elevation    
  • Sketched elevation    
  • Sketched elevation    
  • Sketched elevation    

The building provides an undergraduate studio and a workshop, connected to a listed Georgian terrace

The elevated volume, constructed entirely from timber is set back behind the existing terrace. The first floor volume stands above a ground floor workshop and car parking spaces. A timber-framed bridge clad in zinc links the extension with the Georgian terrace.

The large open space created in the clear span studio (accessed through double-glazed doors) is a result of combining a lightweight roof with 15m long laminated timber trusses. The internal layout is flexible due to services being directed through ducts, a key need within an architecture studio.

The building allows for constant, clear natural day lighting into the internal spaces through a combination of roof detailing, glazed gable ends and high north windows that lay on the sawtooth roof.

Hemp is used for the insulation and radiant ceiling panels, exchanging heat with a ground source heat pump, for cooling.


  • Completed: 2008
  • Floor area: 550m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £980,000
  • Address: Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, 1-5 Scroope Terrace, Cambridge, CB2 1PX, United Kingdom

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