Rhodes House, reimagined for today
Rhodes House has been restored, reimagined and reinvented as a meeting place for Rhodes Scholars, Fellows and friends of the Rhodes community in Oxford and around the world.
Amazing new spaces have been opened up for Scholars: our state of the art convening centre; our beautiful garden pavilion; accomodation for Alumni, Fellows and visiting guests to stay; and exciting facilities such as Rhodes House's new XR lab. It is a place for people to meet, think, study and learn, a resource for Scholars, for colleagues in Oxford and for our wider community to enjoy.
Alongside modern new facilities designed by multi award winning architects Stanton Williams, the traditional spaces of Rhodes House have been sensitively and carefully restored and reimagined, making it a more welcoming, sustainable open place for Scholars and the community to meet.
Space to Think
A welcoming series of spaces for Scholars, Fellows and friends
The beautiful spiral staircase lovingly created in the Rotunda exemplifies the welcoming spaces for Scholars, Fellows and friends at Rhodes House; an airy, light-filled series of spaces for our community and Oxford colleagues to meet.
Space to Meet
A world-class convening centre
The centrepiece of the reimagined and redeveloped Rhodes House is a 280 seat convening hall, with state of the art connectivity and audio-visual capabilties; a home for Scholar events, Rhodes Forums, partner programmes, academic discussions and learning.
Space for Scholars
Spaces for Rhodes Scholars, and a welcome to our wider community
First and foremost, Rhodes House is a space for our community. Opening up Rhodes House also means ensuring our Scholar community in Oxford has space to come together, to study and to organise the many discussions where the magic of the Rhodes Scholarship happens. Dedicated library spaces, common rooms and meeting space, and access to the amazing new facilities Rhodes House can offer.
Space for Community
A wonderful resource for Oxford and its community
We have reimagined Rhodes House as a place for the University body to use, and a place that will benefit our wider Oxford community. Supporting Scholars and Fellows, while welcoming in the world.
Sustainable and Beautiful
Creating serene spaces that minimise our impact on the environment
Behind the traditional facade of Rhodes House, we have re-engineered the building services to create site low carbon energy through a Combined Heat and Power system, providing 20% of the total energy use.
Ground-coupled geothermal air ducts bring fresh air into the new lower ground floor conference space and foyers and earth-sheltered rooms reduce demands for heating and cooling.
The roofs to the Residential Courtyard, conferencing facilities and new office space are planted with biodiverse species. Bat and bird boxes around the House will encourage a diverse range of wildlife.
Large expanses of the gardens include meadow grasses and flowers creating a beautiful scheme while contributing to the biodiversity improvements.
Read more about the amazing Rhodes House gardens and their history.
How will Rhodes House become a more open space?
- Accessibility: Throughout the House and gardens with additional lifts and ramps
- Archaeology: Making the Civil War Rampart in the garden a special feature and explaining its context with additional interpretation material
- Public access: Greater transparency and access to visitors, regular open days to include tours of the building and explanation of its architecture and the work of the Trust
- Public engagement: Exhibits that critically engage contested legacies, facilitate debate and dialogue about them, and raise challenging questions about how we heal, reconcile and overcome the inequities of the past.
- Open garden events: Guided tours throughout the spring and summer providing information on the landscape architecture, biodiversity and planting
- Arts programmes: An annual cycle of temporary exhibitions open to the public
- Local Community access: Actively encourage community engagement through internships, apprenticeships and the use of Rhodes House facilities.