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Hostry and Refectory

Hostry and Refectory

"The Refectory and Hostry at Norwich are two of the most exciting and ambitious construction projects at an English cathedral in recent years.  Their detailing is utterly contemporary, yet they rise within ancient walls.  Each takes the historic function of a ruined medieval building and recasts it for the twenty-first century."                                                                               English Heritage

Hopkins Architects' design for the Refectory

The Cathedral Refectory opened in 2004. It has won many awards and is a stunning piece of modern architecture, cleverly accommodated within the footprint and remaining walls of the original monastic Refectory.

To find out more
Please consult the Refectory section of this website.

Hopkins Architects' design for the Hostry Visitor and Education Centre

The Hostry was designed as a sister building for the award-winning Refectory and was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2010.  Like the Refectory, it is built within the footprint of the monastic Hostry (or guest hall) and incorporates some of the remaining wall fragments.  It mirrors the original internal arrangements of its medieval predecessor with a floor-to-ceiling entrance hall in the centre of the building, flanked by a two-storey section on either side.

To find out more
Please consult the Hostry section of this website.

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