Cambridge Day Trip (10/17) | 2015

I started this website kind of late, so most of my posts won't be in chronological order! I still have a whole europe summer trip to write about and organize, but I will probably make it brief and less detailed than these smaller posts. Cambridge is about 50 minutes away from London, since I had a lot of work to do that weekend I only visited Cambridge for one day, which was obviously not enough time to see everything. I went on an unconventional route to see more of the contemporary and post modern architecture, instead of the older architecture by Christopher Wren and buildings like the Kings College Chappel. Below is a map that I used for this trip to Cambridge, which I only got to see half of the stars... :( 

Places I wanted to Visit in Cambridge for the day not as advanced as Adrian's map log 

Places I wanted to Visit in Cambridge for the day not as advanced as Adrian's map log 

I woke up around 8 and took the 9 am train to Cambridge, which costs only 10 pounds for a round trip ticket ( Young Person Card) I'm testing different formats of uploading images, because my first post was too long , and my second one was a bit too condensed so I'm curtailing the amount of images I use on each blog. It was a super gloomy day so I  didn't take a lot of good pictures. 

The Marque 

The Marque 

 Tallest residential building in Cambridge

 Tallest residential building in Cambridge

Chicken rush

Chicken rush

This residential building is built by professors who teach architecture at Cambridge. It's not really that tall but apparently the tallest residential building in Cambridge

Faculty of Education by Building Design Partnership

Faculty of Education by Building Design Partnership

Nice building for the faculty of education which plays with the connections of multiple floors. The building wasn't open on sunday, but I managed to get inside altought I wasn't allowed to take picture of the interior. There is a long triple height corridor which opens all the way up to the ceiling to let in skylight. 

Egress?

Egress?

Organic side elevation

Organic side elevation

Circular trimmed trees

Circular trimmed trees

Some details of the new faculty of education, this building was located south of the train station, so it was the first project I visited before entering the main college campus area


Reminded me of a poor boy statue in Prague 

Reminded me of a poor boy statue in Prague 

Maybe the same boy from Prague? http://www.36hoursinprague.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/img_6848.jpg?w=200

Cambridge Department of Architecture

Cambridge Department of Architecture

Materials & Construction
The form of the new building is determined by its function, and a desire to build a naturally cooled timber-frame building that embodies the Department’s commitment to sustainable design. North lights in the saw-tooth roof provide even natural light without solar gain and an innovative cooling strategy has been adopted, comprising good cross-ventilation, high-level windows and an innovative water-based radiant cooling system in the ceiling.

The building comprises a workshop of solid construction at ground level, and a large single studio space built from a timber and glulam structure at first floor. Larger than the ground floor, the studio is built over the existing car park and entry is via two bridges connected to the terrace rear and the Sandy Wilson extension These allow access from the main Department entrance and lecture rooms respectively.

The expressed structural timber frame gives rhythm to the elevations, clad externally in cement fibre panels, a large-scale version of weatherboarding, recessed between the timber columns. Inside, structural principles are made apparent in the timber trusses; the top chord gets slimmer towards the supports, and the struts reduce in size as the forces reduce. A lesson in design: the new studio embodies contemporary structural and sustainable construction methods while creating a light-filled space for studying and making architecture.
— http://www.e-architect.co.uk/cambridge/cambridge-school-architecture

The cambridge department of architecture is an annex building, which is built on top of a parking lot. The walk ways are raised above ground to connect the annex to nearby buildings. It's a nice example of how architect's demand for extra space does not impede with other pre-existing spaces around. 

the only glimpse of sunlight I got all day

the only glimpse of sunlight I got all day

last glimpse of sunlight

last glimpse of sunlight

Peter house quad

University Centre by HKPA 1967

University Centre by HKPA 1967

University Centre

Facade and the side access to the roof terrace also used as an egress stair ! There are mirrors in the gaps of the conjoined buildings, making the building seem like they are floating apart. 

Common room of the University Centre

Common room of the University Centre

Precast concrete frames in post tension with a long with high tensile bolts locking in the situ concrete slabs

selfie

selfie

Interior of the University Centre

Usage of mirrors to extend the interior space. The large panes of mirrors are super clean and must be requiring a lot of maintenance every day!

Dining room - repeating views below I know~

Dining room - repeating views below I know~

Looking up the gaps in the staircase

Looking up the gaps in the staircase

Concrete casting detail

Concrete casting detail

Panorama 

Panorama 

Sky light from the reflected ceiling 

Sky light from the reflected ceiling 

1F Plan

1F Plan

The main dining hall in this building has a two–way roof supported on hip trusses with timber compression members and steel ties, paired so as to admit a diagonal cruciform of top light. In this part of the building, inset columns would have inhibited use considerably, so they were set in the line of the wall – ie, 1ft columns with 10in thick infilling. There is not much modelling, but the column is articulated by its shape and colour from the adjacent blockwork, which saves it from getting lost in the wall.
— https://howellkillickpartridgeamis.wordpress.com/tag/cambridge-university-centre/

The University center is one of my favorite brutalist buildings in Cambridge, I also liked the building that HKPA built in oxford (st antonys), which guided me to see this building. There isn't much info on HKPA because I think they were only in practice for a few years and they split. I really like the expressiveness in structure from the roof to columns and to walls in each of their projects. The roof span for the center reflected ceiling is about 60 ft, with loads transferred to the column grid of the building, which spans all the way down to the foundation, lessening loads on the compressed timber. There is a roof terrace over the common rooms with it's own bars, which I didn't have a chance to go see because of the ongoing meetings when I was there. The gaps in the staircase are used for ventilation, and also heating during the winter. Although it was so gloomy outside, the dining hall managed to still get a lot of sunlight from the huge structurally engineered skylight!


Streets of Cambridge

Streets of Cambridge

Math Bridge

House across the river

House across the river

Super Gloomy all day. the previous pictures with sun light were the only pictures with sunlight that day

Queen's College Cloister Court-clash of different architectural styles

Queen's College Cloister Court-clash of different architectural styles

Math bridge~ probably my mom's favorite bridge

Math bridge~ probably my mom's favorite bridge

Lone Kayaker

Lone Kayaker

Cripp's Court Powell& Moya Architects - Different scales of trees in the courtyard!

Cripp's Court Powell& Moya Architects - Different scales of trees in the courtyard!

This is a masterful piece of Cambridge architecture, using the same crisp white articulation of facades as their St John’s College buildings. Like Casson & Conder’s Sidgwick building Powell & Moya have set accommodation above the pedestrian a la Le Corbusier. The winning formula here is to use a raised grass court with focal mature tree and good quality materials and detailing. Some of the lead detailing looks hard to maintain and friendly to pigeons but the court is so memorable this is to be overlooked.
An attempt to continue the Powell & Moya architecture to the west was undertaken by current Cambridge architects, Bland, Brown & Cole in 1989 – Queens’ College Lyon Court – but despite a striking roof and a clear attempt to be contextual the quality does not quite match.
— http://www.e-architect.co.uk/cambridge/queens-college-cambridge

Similar to the Cripp's court in St Johns!


Building next to the Stephen Hawking building

Building next to the Stephen Hawking building

Corridors

On the way to Foster+ Partner's Cambridge Faculty of Law

Cambridge Faculty of Law

Cambridge Faculty of Law

Ishigami Trees

Ishigami Trees

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law

Seeley Historical Library

Seeley Historical Library

Exterior Structure  

Exterior Structure

 

James Stirling's Seeley building next to Foster's Faculty of Law. The seeley building seemed to be in much smaller scale than I imagined from seeing pictures online. James stirling slowly changed from brutalism to post modern architecture, this building uses similar materials to that of the Florey building in Oxford. It was a controversial building due to its excessive solar heat gain and also water leakage.

Interior- failed panorama

Interior- failed panorama

Basement of the Cambridge Faculty of Law 

Basement of the Cambridge Faculty of Law 

Diagrid Structure

Diagrid Structure


Cool Building with a courtyard and these stairs nearby

Cool Building with a courtyard and these stairs nearby

Ramps and Stairs

Ramps and Stairs


I realized that there are too many photos to place one by one so I went back to the picture slide method.  This is a building near clare hall which utilizes it's sloped form to catch rain water.

We were asked to leave Clare hall, as it is a private residential complex for the students here. It was still nice to see the architecture language that the architect consistently used throughout the building.

Robinson College complex, looks kind of like alexandra road house in london. There is also a designated smoking area with hours of availability in the complex

Walk back to the center of Cambridge

Monks in a punt boat

Monks in a punt boat

Center of Cambridge near the touristy areas 


Cripps building at St Johns~ Really dark and gloomy when these pictures were taken

http://www.c20society.org.uk/botm/cripps-building-st-johns-college-cambridge/

Cripps building at Queens College not the one at St Johns

 

Really nice stairs near the riverside along with a view to the bridge of sighs

Dropped stairs up to the residential complex

Cripps Building[edit]
This buildings, behind New Court, was built in 1966–67 to meet a post-1945 expansion in the numbers of students. It has two courts, and was designed by architects Philip Powell and Hidalgo Moya. The building was Grade II* listed[16] after receiving an award from the British Architectural Institution, and is considered an exemplar of the later 20th-century architectural style. It is named after its benefactor, Sir Humphrey Cripps.[17] The Cripps Building forms two courts, Upper River Court and Lower River Court.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_John%27s_College,_Cambridge
Nice natural light illuminating the stairs with blue light

Nice natural light illuminating the stairs with blue light

Ceiling Detail

Ceiling Detail

 A tree slouching to the ground

 A tree slouching to the ground


Panorama of the mathematics department of Cambridge - Edward Cullinan Architects

Panorama of the mathematics department of Cambridge - Edward Cullinan Architects

The Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS) at the University of Cambridge houses the university’s Faculty of Mathematics, the Isaac Newton Institute, and the Betty and Gordon Moore Library. It is situated on Wilberforce Road, formerly a St. John’s College playing field, and has been leased by St John’s to the University as such is part of its expansion into West Cambridge.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centre_for_Mathematical_Sciences_(Cambridge)

It was getting dark and rainy so we decided against going to our next planned destination which was the dome at New Hall college by Chamberlin Powell and Bon Architects. They also designed the Barbican in the center of london. I didn't take the images below:

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01472/New_Hall_College_1472921i.jpg

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01472/New_Hall_College_1472921i.jpg

http://www.aktiva.co.uk/email/newsletter_issue_12.html

http://www.aktiva.co.uk/email/newsletter_issue_12.html

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/27/44141503_3f69b07726_m.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/27/44141503_3f69b07726_m.jpg

Really nice art gallery with mirrors on the top of the dome, and different layers of the dome to create a unique lighting experience from within. Really wish I went there ! I guess the one day trip was way too packed. The dome has layers of mirrors, so you can see yourself when you take pictures from below.

Inside the German looking building shown above, we ate at a burger place nearby

Inside the German looking building shown above, we ate at a burger place nearby

Finally time for dinner after such a long day~ I didn't mention that we brought lunch from london so we could walk around and eat to save time. It was really nice seeing so much brutalist architecture in Cambridge, I have grown fond of the brutalist usage of concrete and portland cement on these educational buildings. I didn't go visit the churches and the normal tourist destinations because of times sake, and my interest in the other types of buildings in cambridge. Cambridge is really similar to oxford, but oxford has a way better pin collection retail store. I know people here probably don't really collect pins, but I will share my pin collection later on in my posts. I wish I had spent one more day in Cambridge so I could see all the stars I pinned including the manuel college and the eastern part of Cambridge. I walked about 30k steps that day and got back to London around 10PM. I also lost my train ticket back so I had to pay another 10 pounds.... while the round trip ticket only cost me 10.6 pounds.... don't really know how that works but that was the low light of the day. To end on a high note it's halloween today! All the pumpkins at tesco were taken, so we couldn't carve a pumpkin, but we decided to go watch 007 at the odeon nearby instead. Our bed bug battle is still on going, so far the DE seems to be working and I also ordered some Cimexa from Ebay. Next week is our midterm so I won't be travelling anywhere this weekend. I really need to get back to work now or else it'll be a miserable review for me!

Thanks again for reading! probably more typos than usual because I have no time this week to proof read this post.

 

-Ian Liu 10/31/2015 6 PM