Florey Building, an accommodation block of Queen's College is one of
the deviant architect, James Stirling's several iconic disasters.
As a student I was mightily impressed by the groovy
amphitheatre-like glazed frontage, regardless of the unbelievably
overheated result; students should suffer for his art. It is
a lasting testimony to Oxford University that the building remains
despite its crass insensitivity to its environment. Perversely
it remains one of my favourite buildings, though thankfully I do not
have to live in it...though my poor brother did!
Like all of Stirling's buildings it is now quite
tatty with bits falling off, leaky flashings, fake brick panels
flaking off...if you want more there is more of the same in
Cambridge (History Faculty Library) and Leicester University.
I am told that his disastrous social housing projects in Runcorn
have long since been demolished. If students can suffer for
not the proletariat?