The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building

The University of Oxford has been regarded as Europe’s leading centre for the study of China for some time. With the opening of David Morley Architects’ £21 million Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building, the university now has a dedicated building bringing its community of academics with an interest in China under the same roof.

The building design draws together research, teaching and residential facilities around a sunken courtyard and atrium with a grand stair spiralling around a central glazed lift which culminates in a rooftop cupola. It features a 100 seat lecture theatre, a tea room for up to 200 people, a variety of study areas, a state-of-the-art language laboratory, a roof terrace and The K B Chen library which includes a large part of the world-renowned Bodleian Library’s collection of books on China. In the same building there are 63 study/bedrooms for students of St Hugh’s College, as well as a range of conference and seminar facilities.

The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building's interior courtyard
The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building's interior courtyard
The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building's spiral staircase
The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building's spiral staircase
The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building's library
The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building's library
The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building's lecture theatre
The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building's lecture theatre