' I tried to capture the key geometric features of this modern building'. J J Marshall
The Mathematical Institute was formally opened 3rd October 2013, and sits on the site of the former Radcliffe Infirmary. The site was sold to Oxford University in 2003 and the hospital closed in 2007. The University Masterplan is to create an integrated site capable of phased development, the next two phases being a new Humanities Centre and Library, and the Blavatnik School of Government, the mission of which is to train future world leaders.
The Mathematical Institute is called the Andrew Wiles Building in celebration of one of Oxford’s most distinguished mathematicians, and provides workspace for more than 500 mathematical researchers; it is also a centre for the academic life of 900 undergraduates.
In front of the building is an area of ‘Penrose Paving’, named after Roger Penrose who discovered its non-repeating pattern in 1974, and designed this version with its circular adornments in 2012. The paving is constructed from two different diamond-shaped granite tiles, each adorned identically with stainless steel circular arcs. There are various ways of covering the infinite plane with them matching the arcs.
The development site covers an area of 10 acres and is bounded by Woodstock Road, Somerville College, Walton Street, Observatory Street and Green Templeton College. It has been renamed the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter.