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Pembroke College is one of the constituent Colleges of the University of Oxford and was established in 1642. The original Porter’s Lodge was constructed back in 1694 as part of the Gate-Tower, the exterior of which was then later remodeled in the 1800’s, though no alterations were made within its interior.
The modern requirements of the College had outgrown the original configuration which struggled to provide an appropriate entrance, reception or storage space. The project looked to conserve the historic character and quality of the College’s architecture through careful selection of form and materiality of the proposed interventions.
Ridge worked closely with the College to develop designs for the Lodge that were both within the historic context of the building but also offered a modern take on the intrinsic style.
Key elements within the project scope:
- Breaking through the exterior office wall to create new openings
- Both the original Lodge and Events Office were stripped and redecorated
- Relocating the Porter’s Lodge to the opposite side of the Gate-Tower, replacing the existing Events Office
- Existing wiring was re-structured
- Lowering an area of internal floor creating a level threshold new Lodge
- Bespoke oak furniture, designed by Ridge, was fitted throughout including the reception desk, storage units and pigeon holes
- Installation of a bespoke pedestrian barrier to assist the College with security and to guide visitors into the Lodge
The new purpose-formed Porter’s Lodge provides a state-of-the-art arrival space that reflects the high aesthetic and quality standards upheld throughout the rest of the College.