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Ashby Room, Clare Hall

  • 29 Apr

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This study library was created for the graduate college of Clare Hall out of a former billiard room, an addition to a house by Edward Prior on Grange Road, Cambridge.  The library design responds to the Arts and Craft character of the existing building and creates a mixture of separate studies and open reading spaces.

Dan Cruickshank, writing in The Architects Journal reported:

“The problem that faced Nicholas Ray is familiar to most architects.  With a limited budget he had to create, within an existing building, an interior of architectural quality…”  Cruickshank concluded that we had produced “a harmonious reading room of remarkable tranquillity”.