Switzerland- based Herzog & de Meuron has been granted permission to plan Oxford University’s school of government and public policy in the United Kingdom.
The £30 million Blavatnik School of Government will be built inside the University’s Rafael Vinoly-masterplanned Radcliffe Observatory Quarter site.
The firm’s proposed building will appear as stack of discs decreasing in size, unevenly aligned to create overhangs and terraces.
The interior space will be arranged like an auditorium, consisting of interconnected terraces that step up from the ground floor to the upper levels.
Upper levels will be occupied by academics and research programmes while the lower levels will house teaching and public spaces. The top level will contain a library that overlooks an outdoor terrace.
The project is set for completion by 2015.