Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public
Spratley & Partners — Ruskin School of Art, Public

Ruskin School of Art, Oxford

Designed to accommodate the launch of a new Masters of Fine Art Programme and to give a more public face to the school, the new building delivers facilities worthy of The Ruskin School of Art's reputation as one of the leading art schools in the UK.

Clever use of a difficult site has enabled the school to double in size, allowing them to accommodate more students whilst also providing them with the facilities to actively host their own public exhibitions and performances. The building includes offices, exhibition space, multimedia studios, metal and wood workshops, print and casting rooms and a seminar room.

Spratley & Partners worked closely with audio visual design consultants to entwine high specification and multifunctional AV systems into the very fabric of the building. A key feature of the building is the public-facing double-height exhibition area, which has a frontage fitted with interactive glazing. Creating great visual impact, the glass can be used as one giant screen or as individual panels. When switched off, it becomes clear, allowing the building to quietly integrate into the surrounding area.

The art school fronts onto a residential street and, thanks to thoughtful design, colour palette and material choices, sits comfortably in its surroundings.

The process has been an immensely enjoyable and fascinating one, we were convinced from the start that the Spratley & Partners team would be able offer us a sensitive partnership rather than a top down approach, vital for a building that has to function in so many ways... Beautiful where it needs to be and functional where it needs to be, resulting in an economy and assuredness of design that is very modern, confident and yet very much integrated into its location. We are very, very happy.

Jon Roome, The Ruskin School of Art

Client
Oxford University Estates Services
Status
Built
Floor Area
5,250 sq.ft

Team

Jeremy Spratley
Director
Stephen Smith
Director
Gregg Thatcher
Associate

Partners

Ridge & Partners
Project Manager
Kingerlee
Contractor
Price & Myers
Structural Engineer
CBG Consultants
Mechanical and Electrial Engineers
Session AV
Audio Visual Consultants

Accolades

RIBA South Award
Oxford Preservation
Trust Certificate
Civic Trust Awards
Regional Finalist
RICS Awards Design
Through Innovation
Shortlisted