University College North
for University College, Oxford,
Kim has worked closely with Niall McLaughlin Architects on a masterplan for a new North Oxford campus for University College. The plan aims to bring out the best in the buildings and vegetation that have accumulated on the site and shed the accretions and muddles that have cluttered the place. The buildings respect their neighbours, reinterpreting the form and materials in a fresh, elegant way. The gardens follow the scale, simplicity and personality of the north Oxford suburbs, with great trees, relaxed orchards, generous lawns and fruit climbing up walls. All is connected by logical, instinctive pathways with the cars kept safely to the edges. Most of all the design has created buildings and spaces that will encourage young and old to come together, gently mixing nursery school children with care home residents and graduate students and families.