I went to Oxford yesterday to visit the Saïd Business School with its architects, Jeremy Dixon and Edward Jones. I have often admired the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus as one gets out off the train and walks past the brise soleil on one’s way into the city. But I had not registered how extensive it is, stretching back with two classical arcades, one open, the other closed, to an open amphitheatre at the end. The client wanted the strong element of classicism. It creates a satisfying hybrid, with a touch of California or is it Asplund ? Beyond is the more recent block for executive education reached by a ramp under a pergola to a deck looking out over the garden and the city.
The Executive wing:-