Hopkins Architects have been selected to design Oxford University’s new Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities. February 12, 2020
Following an RIBA Competition, Hopkins Architects have been selected to design Oxford University’s new Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.
The building will give Oxford’s humanities a new home with state-of-the-art academic, exhibition and performance spaces, a dedicated hub for engagement with schools, a new Institute for Ethics in AI, a new Humanities Library, and much-needed space for Humanities graduate students and researchers.
The Centre, which was made possible by a landmark £150 million gift from philanthropist and businessman Stephen A. Schwarzman, will be situated on the University’s Radcliffe Observatory Quarter site, near the Woodstock Road.
Professor Karen O’Brien, Head of Humanities at Oxford University, said: “We were impressed by Hopkins’ track record in creating world-class arts and educational institutions, designing beautiful buildings in sensitive historic settings, and their commitment to creating environmentally sustainable buildings.”
“Our aim is to create a building which becomes a treasured resource for the whole of Oxford, where anyone can come to enjoy high-quality performances, exhibitions and lectures. We are committed to making this Centre, and the landscaped spaces around it, accessible and welcoming to all.”
The building will house Oxford University’s faculties of English; History; Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics; Medieval and Modern Languages; Music; Philosophy; and Theology and Religion; and the Oxford Internet Institute, as well as a new library. It will also house the University’s new Institute for Ethics in AI.
The building will have flexible performance and exhibition spaces for music, theatre, film, dance and art, including a 500-seat auditorium and a 250-seat performance venue. These venues will feature programming from Oxford students and faculty, leading international artists, and regional arts organisations.