Bonn Square, Oxford
The redevelopment of a public space in the heart of Oxford.
In 2005, Graeme Massie Architects won the RIBA international design competition for the redevelopment of Bonn Square in Oxford, and were subsequently commissioned by Oxford City Council to deliver the project.
Oxford is a unique place, with a strong identity based principally on its historic university colleges. With the quadrangles of these colleges providing open space for the students and staff, the city centre has developed in a manner such that public space is minimal. Although formed in piecemeal fashion, Bonn Square, therefore, is an anomaly.
Our project has radically trandformed the character of Bonn Square. It is now a flexible, events space which provides a venue for both formal and informal civic events, as well as being a safe and accessible backdrop to the life of the city.
The redevelopment of Bonn Square demonstrates that contemporary design can meaningfully engage with historic context, and has created an important legacy for the city of Oxford. It is now a well-used and much appreciated asset for all residents and visitors to the city.
As the flagship project in the redevelopment of the Oxford’s west end, and a keystone in the City Council’s Area Action Plan, Bonn Square has been a catalyst for further local regeneration and a wider programme of public realm initiatives throughout the city.