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Enormous teak doors

These large Burmese teak exterior doors were salvaged from the recently decommissioned Cumberbatch building, Trinity College Oxford.

At almost three metres they were built to withstand daily use by hundreds of students but have an elegant and lightweight appearance with many glazed panels.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BUILDING

The Cumberbatch Building was designed by architects Keith Murray and Robert Maguire in 1965. Sadly Robert Maguire died earlier this year - just as his building was under threat of demolition.

In stark contrast to the medieval, classical and neo classical architecture of the surrounding college, this building was of a confident and robust Brutalist form - The Southbank, The Hayward Building and The Barbican in London share a similar aesthetic. 

Some believed the distinctive architectural style of The Cumberbatch building added a narrative to the college but others considered it a blot on the Oxford architectural copybook. Attempts to have the building listed failed and it was granted an immunity from protection: the building was decommissioned and demolition began in 2019.

EXTRA LARGE TEAK DOORS: stock item #2818
£1,950+VAT for pair

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