Florey Building
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Architect James Stirling
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Location Queens College, Oxford, England
Date 1966   timeline
Building Type academic
Climate temperate
Context campus
Style Modern
Notes Roughly U-shaped plan.




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Discussion Florey Building Commentary

“The new building is a student hostel and practically all the accommodation is in single-room apartments, with separate washbasins and storage, but with shared showers, sanitation and elementary cooking area...Half sunk in the courtyard-podium is breakfast and lecture room.

“The whole mass of accommodation (the caretaker’s flat and the breakfast room excepted) are held up in the air by a series of high concrete stilts. The stilts hold up a container: the tiled red southern wall, broken only by thin bands of glazing (which light the internal corridors) and crowned by the roof lights of the duplex flats on the top storey. At two extreme points, the wall is pierced vertically by the cages of the staircase.”

— James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates. James Stirling, Buildings and Projects. p130.

Sources on Florey Building

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. drawings and diagrams, p108-109. — Updated edition available at

Peter Arnel and Ted Bickford, ed. James Stirling, Buildings and Projects. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1984. ISBN 0-8478-0448-8. NA997.S78J34. Color photo of interior looking out to the courtyard, p132. Color photo of exterior, p129. Color photo of courtyard, f3, p125.  Find books about Florey Building


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