Painstakingly Expanded: Jesus College, Cambridge
Foto: Peter Cook
The diversity of the existing buildings presented a challenge for Niall McLaughlin. This is why the new elements have been adapted to fit into local constellations. For instance, the light glass pergola of the café is distinct from the massive entrance building of brick and oak, which in turn stands apart from the renovated structure with its stone plinth and balconies above.
In order to avoid a cacophony of old and new, the architects made exclusive use of high-quality, traditional materials such as oak, natural stone and brick. Exacting details with a view to the area’s historical features will cause the differences between the old and new building elements to fade over time.