Magdalen College, OxfordOxford
“As with all Wright & Wright's work, there is a thoughtful rigour both to the conception of new elements and the reconception of old ones. In part, this stems from an astute grasp of the potential of historic buildings and how they can be brought back to life” Cathy Slessor, The Architects’ Journal
The existing Grade II-listed library and quadrangle were designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, and are an adaptation of Magdalen College School ,originally designed by JC Buckler in the mid-19th-century. Wright & Wright has redesigned the building and landscaped the quadrangle, carefully integrating both with a new reading room, which will provide comfortable, up-to-date working environments for Magdalen’s students and academic staff.
Magdalen College has, over five centuries, extended and adapted to meet constantly changing contemporaneous needs. The works have been of high quality, of their time and sensitive to the context of their site. In this way, Magdalen is an ideal reflection of the assimilation of new and old in Oxford, and it is within this tradition that the work to the new library is undertaken.