The new building knits itself among those designed by Basil Champneys 100 years earlier and creates a new frontage for the College on Sidgwick Avenue. The rational, elegant design balances solidity with transparency: generous glazing alternates with full-height brickwork panels where a ‘hit-and-miss’ element weaves seamlessly into the texture, detail and interest of the elevation. Particular attention was paid to the brick facades of the other buildings at Newnham, looking at the mortar and bonding, the colours, textures, rhythm, articulation, decoration and other details that make this site unique. Adopting the Arts and Crafts tenet of ‘truth to materials’, the contemporary hit-and-miss detail in handmade brick complements but never mimics the Champneys buildings. The success of the facade relies on the detail of the design, quality materials, and highly skilled craftsmanship.
Location: Cambridge, Great Britain
Architect/Designer: Walters & Cohen Architects
Brickwork Contractor: Caxton Brickwork/SDC Builders Ltd
Brick: Northcot Brick - Sidgwick Blend, bespoke blended mix
This year the Supreme Award is sponsored by Ibstock Brick.
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With an unrivalled choice of more than 450 different bricks, including special shapes and pre-fabricated solutions, it supplies the new build, repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) and commercial markets.
To meet the increasing popularity of brick, Ibstock Brick has invested £54 million in a state-of-the-art- factory at Ibstock, Leicestershire - the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly factory of its type.