"The client was rightly delighted with the solution which resulted in such high standard accommodation, built at half the cost of a traditional Oxbridge residential building. Nevertheless it is a fitting neighbour to those by Butterfield. The means of containing all vertical movement within a single atrium is a neat solution."
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Following a winning competition entry in 1991, the initial proposal identified a number of potential sites within the grounds, offering a long-term development plan for Keble College. Two of these sites have now been built on to enclose a new Quad, known as the Newman Quad.
Adjacent to the Grade I listed nineteenth century North Range by William Butterfield, the ARCO Building is located at the north end of the Newman Quad. The Sloane Robinson Building defines the western edge with the Butterfield dining hall completing the Quad to the south. The new buildings continue the precedent of edge development helping to reinforce the street and define green space within.
In the ARCO Building 93 study bedrooms are organised into a series of large flats over four storeys, each terminating with a shared kitchen/dining room facing south over the garden. The central staircase brings light into the centre of the plan and opens connects to a roof terrace at the top level. Seminar rooms at Garden level open out through a full height glass façade to a south facing terrace.
Externally, reference is made to Butterfield's rich brickwork by the use of vertically and horizontally laid hand-made bricks that adopt a colour from Butterfield's polychromatic palette.
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