The Stephen Hawking Building, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

The Stephen Hawking Building is a new residential building for Gonville and Caius College providing accommodation for 74 Undergraduates and 8 Fellows. The building includes conference facilities and a new underground car park. A free standing two storey Porter’s Lodge has been constructed at the entrance to the site.

Three storeys of the building are clad in Ancaster stone, whilst the mostly glazed fourth storey penthouse is set behind a perimeter terrace. The sinuous plan has been generated to retain significant specimen trees planted in the garden of the Victorian Villa which was demolished for the new building.  The design incorporates high levels of insulation and an innovatory earth tube which ducts tempered air into the building. The temperature of fresh input air is thus raised in winter and cooled in summer, reducing significantly the building’s energy consumption.

The Master and Fellows of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge


  • RIBA East 'Spirit of Ingenuity' Best Housing Award 2007
  • LABC National Built in Quality Award for Best Residential Project 2007