Submission: October 9, 2013
Registration: October 9, 2013
Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Prizes: £5,000 for each selected team for the stage 2 and comission for the winner of the stage 2
Type: Open competition for architects in two stages
International architecture competition Florey Design organized by The Queen’s College, Oxford. The College seeks a dedicated team to restore and add new facilities to James Stirling’s modernist masterpiece, The Florey building, which is Grade II listed.
Admired worldwide for its boldness and heroism, the Florey has been beset with infamous technical and practical failings since it opened forty years ago. Despite this, the building has remained largely popular with undergraduates for its sociable spaces and views of the river setting.
The Queen’s College Fellows seek a dedicated team who are inspired by Stirling’s exhilarating vision. The challenge: to use advances in technology to update the building, provide modern facilities and achieve exemplary energy design.
Accordingly, the Queen’s College Fellows are seeking a long term solution to conserve and upgrade the building, now Grade II listed, combined with exemplary energy design and sustainability. The project at the heart of this competition needs to balance a respect for Stirling’s original vision with a high-quality upgrade of fabric and services. It must also address the wider site area for the inclusion of new accommodation, social and modern facilities, as well as improving and refreshing the overall setting.