Stanton Williams designs extension to John Outram building in Cambridge
Stanton Williams has added a new ‘layer’ to Cambridge University’s Judge Business School with a contemporary extension to the former hospital building that was converted by architect John Outram into a centre for business education in the early 90s.
Reflecting the progressive role of networking in business communities and the evolution of contemporary education practices, the new four storey 5,000 sq m wing promotes social interactions with open and adaptable classrooms, sizeable break-out spaces and a generous foyer with broad circulation around the facility.
While the classical proportions of Outram’s ostentatious Cambridge Judge Business School may have dictated the room heights and floor levels of the new extension, beyond that the new wing is an aesthetic departure from its mothership – offering simple echoes and tactful hints instead such as the cream-coloured brick and slim colonnaded windows.
The interiors reflect an interest in materiality and framed views feature across the building
When Cambridge University donors Sir Paul Judge and Simon Sainsbury commissioned John Outram to redesign the former Addenbrookes hospital building in 1991, the building aspired to elevating the civic responsibility of education and business in Cambridge where a science and technology orientated business community was starting to grow.
The architecture, which Outram described as ‘great polychromatic temple’, therefore reflected the ambitions of the Cambridge Judge Business School to be a ‘player on the global stage’. The new wing, with its simple, smooth and direct design, communicates the achievement of this goal and the top-rated School’s position at the heart of ‘Silicon Fen’.
Stanton Williams’ sensitive and forward-looking ‘layer’ is another stage in the architectural history of the Cambridge Judge Business School site, which has grown from hospital, to business school, to global centre.