• Architecture
  • Education
  • Housing

Florey Building, Oxford


The Florey is regarded as one of the most significant post-war modernist education buildings in Britain. Now Grade II listed, it is among the few surviving works of the architect James Stirling.

Through this design competition, our aim was to enhance the experience of the student accommodation for Queen's College in Oxford through a balance of ‘invisible mending’ and sensitive addition. Our proposals include carefully restoring the modernist building envelope and reconfiguring the interior to create new en-suite rooms, all within the parameters of Stirling’s original design concept of rooms off a social corridor. This sense of home will also be reinforced through a new set of multi-functional common rooms centred on the retained breakfast room. Externally, the reclamation of hinterlands unite the Florey, its grounds, and the River Cherwell by creating a network of gardens connected by an newly introduced ambulatory.

Project Details:

Our competition entry for the full refurbishment and inventive rethinking of a seminal Stirling university building in Oxford.

Client: The Queen's College

Construction Value: £15.5m

Completion: 2013

Location: Oxford


  • Design competition: Shortlisted