The Mathematical Institute, designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects and constructed by Laing O'Rourke, formally opened on 3 October 2013. It is called the Andrew Wiles Building in acknowledgement of one of Oxford’s most distinguished mathematicians.
The building provides workspace for a diverse community of more than 500 mathematical researchers and support staff, including faculty, research fellows and postgraduate students. It is a centre for the academic life of approximately 900 undergraduates.
The accommodation includes:
- an extensive suite of teaching and seminar spaces
- more than 300 offices in various sizes
a range of meeting rooms, breakout spaces and a large departmental common room
space for graduate taught course students and 4th year undergraduate students working on projects.
The majority of the building is naturally ventilated. Heating and – in certain areas – cooling is provided by three ground source heat pumps. These pumps form an energy-efficient system that operates on a similar principle to a domestic fridge.
- In summer, heat is pumped from the building into the ground; the building is cooled and the heat is transferred into the ground through large bore pipes buried beneath the building.
- In winter, the cycle is reversed and heat is pumped from the ground into the building.
The system is over three times more efficient than electrical heating, since for every unit of electricity required to run the heat pumps, three units of heat are delivered to the building.