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Client
Fitzwilliam College
Location
University of Cambridge
Size
1,150sqm
Contact
Johnny Winter
Team
Edmond Shipway, AKT, Brian Cole Associates, Kier Building Services Engineers, MKF, Marriott Construction

The new library and IT centre at Fitzwilliam College creates a place for study that enjoys the peaceful landscape and respects the adjacent listed architecture.

Olisa Library

The new building extends the east wing of the 1959 Denys Lasdun College Masterplan. The main library reading rooms are on three floors with books located in the centre to allow reader spaces on the perimeter to benefit from daylight and views over the College gardens.

A variety of study spaces have been created with flexible IT network connections via an accessible raised floor. The oak concertina elevation of the library provides a visual counterpoint to the continuous ribbon of Lasdun’s brick-faced student rooms. 

The west facing timber elevation provides discrete workstations with natural side-light; over-sailing eaves provide protection from direct sunlight through the west facing clerestory window.

The spiralling stairtower, with desks at landing levels, takes readers between library floors and culminates in the ‘nest’ level where readers enjoy even wider views across the Campus.

“Not every project comes in on time and within budget. Few do so with excellent working relationships. What makes the Fitzwilliam Library & IT building truly exceptional is that not only is the foregoing true of it, but its design and its build quality are of the very highest...the users of the building are delighted with it, students having their favourite places and finding their studies inspired by them.” 

Christopher Pratt, former Bursar of Fitzwilliam College