A pair of new buildings at the University of Oxford adds modern spice to a 1,000-year-old institution

With a history spanning nearly a thousand years, the University of Oxford is the oldest English-speaking institution of its kind. One might not be surprised, then, that its campus architecture has over time been subject to the buffeting winds of fashion. While the overriding mood may be Merrie Olde Englande or Jacobean—the best bits of which include Nicholas Hawksmoor’s neoclassical Queen’s College and Christopher Wren’s late-Gothic Tom Tower—the university also boasts a fascinating collection of 20th-century buildings.

Modernism at Oxford, even that which passes for Brutalism, adopted a mostly polite demeanor. A pair of new buildings at Wadham College picks up the thread but disavows the concrete fetish from which

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