Architecture Award Celebrates Colour
British architecture firm Hawkins\Brown has been awarded the first World Architecture News Colour in Architecture Award for 2011. The studio was awarded the prize for the New Biochemistry Building erected as part of the University of Oxford’s campus in the UK.
The building’s external surface is covered with panels of coloured glass which reflect the surroundings – yellows inspired by local ironstone, terracottas inspired by redbrick, and plums inspired by tiling from nearby colleges. Hawkins\Brown was praised for its subtle and precise use of colour, as well as adopting modern ideas for a site with such a rich historical grounding.