We don’t have an image of this object online yet. V&A Images may have a photograph that we can’t show online, but it may be possible to supply one to you. Email us at vaimages@vam.ac.uk for guidance about fees and timescales, quoting the accession number: E.3163-2004
Find out about our images

Not currently on display at the V&A

Architectural Model of Oxford Ice Rink by Grimshaw

Architectural Model
1983 (original model made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This is an architectural model of the Oxford Ice Rink designed by Grimshaw Architectsd and commissioned by The Oxford City Council in 1983. It was to be a facility and a social centre for young people. Its allocated site was a meadow on the periphery of the city, which meant that a landmark scheme needed to be created to draw the public to such a relatively isolated spot.

With a small budget and a site constrained by difficult ground conditions, Grimshaw took a structural approach to deal with these limitations. The building design comprises a large, centralised column-free space and thus a wide span to reduce the need for extensive piling. The building is in this way suspended alleviating the load of the widespan roof.

A spine beam, formed from a pair of rectangular box sections runs the full length of the building and supports the Ice Rink. This 'beam' is hung from two 30-metre high masts at either end of the building. The architects planned that these 'high readers' act as signs, visible at a distance from Oxford City Centre and function as a contemporary foil to the city's famous spires.

Its structural shell provides a column of free space and houses a 56m x26m rink. The cladding system is tailored to the building: two thirds of the Ice rink is clas in cold store panels to suit the function of the building, and the remaining facade to the north is fully glazed.

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleArchitectural Model of Oxford Ice Rink by Grimshaw (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Plywood
Brief description
Architectural model of Oxford Ice Rink by Grimshaw
Physical description
Three-dimensional model design of a public ice rink
Dimensions
  • Height: 35cm
  • Width: 55.5cm
  • Length: 90cm
Style
Production typeModel
Credit line
Given by Grimshaw
Summary
This is an architectural model of the Oxford Ice Rink designed by Grimshaw Architectsd and commissioned by The Oxford City Council in 1983. It was to be a facility and a social centre for young people. Its allocated site was a meadow on the periphery of the city, which meant that a landmark scheme needed to be created to draw the public to such a relatively isolated spot.

With a small budget and a site constrained by difficult ground conditions, Grimshaw took a structural approach to deal with these limitations. The building design comprises a large, centralised column-free space and thus a wide span to reduce the need for extensive piling. The building is in this way suspended alleviating the load of the widespan roof.

A spine beam, formed from a pair of rectangular box sections runs the full length of the building and supports the Ice Rink. This 'beam' is hung from two 30-metre high masts at either end of the building. The architects planned that these 'high readers' act as signs, visible at a distance from Oxford City Centre and function as a contemporary foil to the city's famous spires.

Its structural shell provides a column of free space and houses a 56m x26m rink. The cladding system is tailored to the building: two thirds of the Ice rink is clas in cold store panels to suit the function of the building, and the remaining facade to the north is fully glazed.
Collection
Accession number
E.3163-2004

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest feedback

Record createdAugust 6, 2007
Record URL
Download as: JSON