Newnham College, founded in 1871, is a female-only constituent college of the University of Cambridge. Its buildings were designed in the Queen Anne style by architect Basil Champneys.
To create 10 windows that will run along the south side of the Buttery, Newnham College. The design brief was also to use symbols and patterning already featured in Basil Champneys' fine arts and crafts influenced building design, most notably within the iconic Pfeiffer gates design.
Daedalian Glass Studios worked closely with Beverley Bryon of Prisms Glass Design to develop her designs onto glass, emphasising the strong swirling shapes of the sunflower and acanthus symbols.
The design was split into 3 layers to give a perception of depth, working on two sides of the inside panel, and the inside face of the external panel, combined to made a double glazed unit. Each of the 10 double glazed windows measure 2.6 metre squared and weigh approximately 400 kg each. To install, they were mechanically lifted into their aluminium frames at the fabricators and then the complete frames were installed on site.