Friday, 24 September 2021

Architects win award for Ruskin building

A HENLEY architects has won an award for designing Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Art

A HENLEY architects has won an award for designing Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Art.

Spratley Studios, which is based at Isis House in Station Road, was honoured at Royal Institute of British Architects south region awards held at Ascot Racecourse last week.

It was one of 17 regional award-winners drawn from a shortlist of 30 projects from 64 entries.

The Ruskin School of Art, in Bullingdon Road, Oxford opened in October.

Spratley Studios worked closely with audio visual design consultants Session AV and technology partners Jigsaw24 to build high specification and multifunctional audiovisual systems into the fabric of the building.

A key feature is the double-height exhibition area, which has a frontage fitted with interactive glazing. An 8m by 6m smart glass panel can be projected on from within, offering a unique way to exhibit.

Gregg Thatcher, from Spratley Studios, said: “Delivering a space for Oxford University’s very talented fine art students was a unique project to be part of and one that we are very proud of.

“With the exceptional new facilities, including the offices, exhibition space, multimedia studios, metal and wood workshops, print and casting rooms and a seminar room, the school has been able to launch new programmes.

Jon Roome, from the Ruskin School of Art, said: “We were convinced from the start that the Spratley Studios team would be able offer us a sensitive partnership rather than a top-down approach, vital for a building that has to function in so many ways.

The awards were compered by broadcaster Kirsty Lang. The winners will now be considered for RIBA’s national awards, which will be announced on June 23.

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