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arne jacobsen, st. catherine's college, oxford 05

st. catherine's college, oxford, england 1959-1964.

architect: arne jacobsen, 1902-1971.

 

I had the idea of a centered shot of the college lodge - which simply takes you under one of the residential wings into the central quadrangle and in doing so mimics the gates of the old colleges in oxford - but for some reason I took a step to the left - apologies for the lack of precision :)

 

still, it shows the ease and light touch with which jacobsen was able to create correspondances with the historical fabric on the other side of river cherwell, making of st. catherine's college a rare case of modern architecture which was equally able to excite traditionalists and frustrate jacobsen's fellow modernists.

 

much has been made of st. catherine's classicist pedigree. arriving here from king's college chapel, I couldn't help thinking that the facades allowed a gothic reading too with the mullions forming a delicate perpendicular style tracery between concrete buttresses.

 

I doubt the black chains along the concrete bridge are placed by the architect.

 

a vertical autostitch of three horisontals.

 

more jacobsen.

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Taken on July 21, 2010