University of Oxford:Tinbergen Redevelopment

The aspiration for the University of Oxford’s new ‘Life & mind’ Building, is to be a world leading centre for the transformation of science between Experimental Psychology and Zoology. Together with the Department of Plant Sciences these areas of research profoundly influence our understanding of mental health and well being across all species. Our team designed an environment to fully support this work, with the finished building being a physical embodiment of the goals of the research.

University of Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom




The site is located to the north east of Oxford Centre and within a 700m radius of the Carfax tower and within the University of Oxford science area.

Rectangular in plan, the site measures approximately 87m x 62m, orientated broadly north east by south west. The site sits to the easterly edge of the science area on a sharp bend where South Parks Road to the north meets Saint Cross Road to the east. The south of the site overlooks the University Club and the cricket pitch whilst to the west the site is bound by the Peter Medawar Building and Department of Pharmacology.

The adjacencies, relationships and flows between different groups and functions (teaching & research) must be interwoven with the building fabric and allow for easy collaboration. The services and structure must be adaptable to suit the changing demands of a modern science and research environment. This must be a highly functioning building but one that also enhances wellbeing and offers a sense of joy and wonder to the visitors and users. The building will deliver a positive transformation of the image of science at Oxford, opening up engagement with the public community and becoming a symbol of excellence and innovation worldwide.