Catz buildings named some of 90 most influential

The College’s iconic buildings, designed by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, feature in a new list of most influential UK buildings or public spaces from the last 90 years.

The list has been compiled by the Built Environment Trust and its public face, the Building Centre, to mark their 90th anniversary. It celebrates 90 buildings or public spaces which have had a significant impact on the country’s architectural landscape.

The charity, which exists to inspire, connect and empower people to improve the quality of the built environment, asked 90 of the country’s leading names – from industry experts including architects and engineers, to broadcasters, photographers and writers – to submit their favourite examples of the nation’s built environment.

Ten will be revealed each month leading up to the 90th anniversary, with Catz being in the first tranche.

‘I soon grew to realise the college was incredibly beautiful…’

The College’s famous buildings and grounds, constructed in the 1960s, were nominated by Colin Tweedy LVO OBE, a Catz alum and now CEO of the Built Environment Trust and the Building Centre.

In Tweedy’s nomination, which includes a first-hand and honest account of what it was like to live in the buildings in the 1970s, he admits soon growing ‘to realise the college was incredibly beautiful.’

He concludes: ‘St Catherine’s College as created by Arne Jacobsen is that living embodiment of design in all its forms coming together to create a masterpiece still lived in today and across the years by thousands of students and staff.

‘Jacobsen opened my eyes, a country boy from Dorset to what modern design can achieve.’

You can read more about the St Catherine’s entry, along with the others released so far, on the Building Centre website.

As well as buildings of any type, the nominations could be anything related to the public built environment, such as outdoor green spaces, sculpture parks and other structures, like bridges. Others featuring in this first ten include the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Fountainbridge Library in Edinburgh and the Shard in London.

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