Cripps Building, St. John's College

Powell & Moya, Cambridge, 1966


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  • Punt harbour on north-east of site    
  • General view (corner of new court building on left)    
  • View across JCR looking south-east    
  • Detail of roof line    
  • Terrace over grassy area between Bin Brokk and JCR    
  • Looking towards school of Pythagoras    
  • West corner of punt harbour    
  • Junior common room (JCR)    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Typical floor plan    
  • Roof plan    
  • Plan of standard set of rooms    

Four storey high undergraduate residences on the banks of the River Cam, laid out in a faceted ribbon that defines a series of courtyards

The building provides 200 rooms with a further eight at penthouse level for Fellows. The college’s brief also required the provision of a junior common room, three squash courts and workshops. Along with these facilities, an area at the northern edge of the site was flooded to provide a punt dock on a tributary of the River Cam.

At ground level the residence’s grid of structural columns forms a covered cloister linking the different ranges whilst referencing St. John’s other collegiate buildings.

Externally, the building’s in-situ concrete slabs are exposed, revealing a grit-blasted white flint aggregate. Structural columns and external walls are faced with Portland stone and windows are in bronze with polished concrete transoms.

The Cripps Building has been Grade II listed since 2009.


  • Completed: 1966
  • Sectors: Education, Residential
  • Address: Cripps Building, St John's College , Cambridge, CB2 1TP , United Kingdom

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