Fitzwilliam College Library and IT Centre

Cullinan Studio, Cambridge, 2009


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The reader tower stands at the junction between Lasdun's residential range and Cullinan's new library 

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  • The reader tower stands at the junction between Lasdun    
  • The west facade    
  • The North elevation    
  • The west facade tilts away from The Grove    
  • The library entrance on the west facade    
  • Main entrance    
  • The circular stair in the reader tower and painted in-situ concrete soffits    
  • The reader tower and study desks along the edge    
  • Circular staircase in reader tower    
  • Desks follow the line of the facade    
  • Detail of first floor window    
  • Detail of european oak cladding    
  • Site plan    
  • Basement level floor plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan & roof plan    
  • Section    
  • Lower roof eaves detail    
  • Timber fin detail    

Extension to East Wing of the 1959 Denys Lasdun College masterplan, comprising a concertina timber façade and brick tower

The main library reading rooms are on three floors with books located in the centre of each. Reader spaces are positioned around the perimeter to maximise the use of daylight and views over the college gardens.

A variety of study spaces have been created, all with flexibility for IT network connections via an accessible raised floor. The concertina of the west facing timber elevation affords workstations with natural side-light for short term computer use, while other computer rooms have reflected sunlight.

The library continues Lasdun's range with a similar dark brick cladding the east facade and turret known as the 'reader tower'. The west serrated facade is clad in oak and topped in zinc. Glazing covers the majority of the upper floors and is topped with a monopitch roof and canopy.


  • Begun: Jul 2008
  • Completed: Oct 2009
  • Floor area: 1,145m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £4.4M
  • Funding: Private
  • Procurement: Design and Build
  • Address: Storey’s Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DG, United Kingdom

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