New Student Rooms, Churchill College Cambridge
Competition, Runner-up 2016
Mole were one of five firms invited to submit proposals to Churchill College for anew £3.5 million building on their campus. Sitting within a conservation area, the site sits between arts and crafts Baillie Scott houses on one side, and flats by post-war modernists Sheppard Robson on the other. Our scheme broke the accommodation down into three buildings, with a taller building terminating Churchill Road, and the scale reducing to the residential street. To be clad in a grey brick over a prefabricated coloured concrete base, the houses are all variations of the same form, modified according to their position on the site. A new garden uses tall grasses in beds that separate gravel squares with trees, making a series of enclosed gardens.