On Saturday 16 October 2010, the new Kendrew quadrangle was officially opened. Students, Fellows, alumni and their families took up the chance to look around the fabulous new building. In a wide variety of exhibitions, they learned about the archaeology of the site, watched a timelapse video of the build, found out more about the artists whose works feature in the building, and they also learned about the life of former President and benefactor Sir John Kendrew, the Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist. Refreshments were served in the new Kendrew Cafe, to the accompaniment of a string quartet.
Kendrew Quadrangle is a first-rate building in a modern idiom that responds sensitively to the unique context of the College and the city, as well as to the latest thinking on sustainability. The architects for the building were MJP Architects who also designed the Garden Quadrange, completed in 1994, and the Senior Common Room extension, 2004.
The new quadrangle allows us to accommodate many more of our postgraduate and academic members within College. It also houses a new Law Library, College archives, teaching rooms, a gym, an events room and an informal café. These top class facilities will help us continue to attract the most able students and academics to St John's.