These buildings, designed by MJP for Trinity College, lie to the west of Cambridge city centre in a spacious residential area, laid out in the late 19th century.
Burrell’s Field explores geometry and contrast to create a richly complex, yet humanly responsive setting for study
Four Edwardian houses and two modern student hostels already occupied the site, lying amongst gardens running down to Bin Brook, which flows into the River Cam.
MJP’s design clarified the site layout by using the new buildings to frame and re-define the relationships between the existing buildings. The new buildings are integrated with the green landscape to create an idyllic living environment. They create a threshold to the open meadow, and a new bridge over the brook links them to the College gardens and main College buildings.
The new accommodation is arranged in towers with staircase access to study bedrooms and Fellows’ sets. All have en-suite showers and shared kitchens. Common rooms are built against the older hostels as a means of integrating the existing buildings into the new site layout.
Materials were carefully selected on the basis of the College’s requirement to minimise future maintenance costs; primarily brick and high quality reconstituted stone.
- Trinity College Cambridge
- RIBA Award, 1997
- Civic Trust Award, 1997
- Brick Awards – Supreme Winner, 1996
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Photos: Peter Durant