St Catz architecture praised on the BBC

St Catz architecture praised on the BBC

Professor William Whyte, Professor of Social and Architectural History and Fellow of St John's College, has described St Catherine’s as “one of the most amazing buildings in Britain” on a short film for BBC Radio Oxford. The video tour of concrete buildings in Oxford includes the Florey Building at The Queens’s College and the Denys Wilkinson Building at the Department of Physics.

 

 

Professor Whyte cites St Catz as “an extraordinary example that concrete can not just be useful, but also beautiful”.

The architect behind the College, Arne Jacobsen, designed St Catherine’s to reflect elements of a traditional Oxford college using contemporary materials and style. Building commenced at St Catherine’s in 1960 and was still under construction when it opened to students in 1962. The site was Grade Listed in 1994 and continues to attract visitors from around the world.