TL4459 : Castle End hostel

taken 5 months ago, near to Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

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Castle End hostel
Castle End hostel
Viewed through the bare winter trees from the summit of the castle mound, the undergraduate hostel designed by David Roberts and completed in 1958 forms the largest element of the Colony established by Clare College in Chesterton Lane, on land in the College's possession since 1392. Castle End, though almost the newest addition to the site, perpetuates the name of a farm acquired in 1466.

Simon Bradley's 2014 revision of Pevsner's guide tells us that "Roberts introduced to Cambridge the sawtooth elevation, a device for giving privacy to individual rooms." He cites the work of the Swedish architect Anders Tengbom as an influence, though most English visitors will be reminded instead of Basil Spence's new cathedral at Coventry, completed a few years later. "But in spite of the jagged front and the monopitch roofs of every sawtooth, the building manages to look serene." Philip Booth and Nicholas Taylor, in their Guide to Cambridge New Architecture published in 1972, hail it as "a remarkable break, at this period, from the tradition of enclosed courts which had for too long dogged 20th-century architects building in Cambridge. It has ... an admirable simplicity of layout in the zizag pattern of rooms which leave room ... for washing facilities and gyp-rooms while giving the rooms themselves the optimum view. One weakness visible here occurs in later buildings of David Roberts ... insufficient clarity between loadbearing and non-loadbearing brickwork." A major renovation was undertaken in 2008, the half-centenary of the building's completion.
Clare College :: TL4458

Clare College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.
The college was founded in 1326, making it the second-oldest surviving college of the University after Peterhouse.

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Thursday, 11 February, 2021   (more nearby)
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Housing, Dwellings  Educational sites  City, Town centre 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 4463 5923 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:12.7387N 0:6.9254E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 4458 5919
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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