Furnishing of a Campus by Herzog & de Meuron
The new campus is decorated with Onecollection’s exclusive furniture including Salto & Sigsgaard’s Council chair, which was designed as part of the renovation of the United Nations’ Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN building in New York. Besides the architectural Council chair the beautiful new building at Oxford is decorated using multiple Finn Juhl classics such as the Baker sofa and the Pelican chair.
The school’s mission to teach governance in a way that strengthens communities and fosters collaboration has been interpreted by Herzog de Meuron in elements of the design.
An irregular stack of cylindrical and horseshoe-shaped blocks make up the curving glass form, which is intended to resonate with the university’s Radcliffe Camera and the Sheldonian Theatre buildings.
These different volumes provide a sense of scale and proportion, and thus help integrate the building within its delicate historic context.
Rows of slender glass panels set into the faces of each of the curving volumes are intended to echo the proportions of Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Meanwhile, a double-glazed window – which builders claim is Europe’s largest – frames a view across the street to the Neo-Classical Oxford University Press building.
A sweeping staircase that connects the ground-floor foyer and cafe with the basement runs alongside a bank of informal amphitheatre seating overlooking the base of the central well. Here, two horseshoe-shaped lecture lectures are set behind tubular batons of warm-toned oak.