Kirk Balk Community College

Kirk Balk Community College

Kirk Balk

Scheme name: Kirk Balk Community College

Practice: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Client: Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Photographer: Timothy Soar

Aware of the wilful form-making that has characterised a large number of Building Schools for the Future projects, the architects proposed a solution that comprised two simple geometric forms: triangle and rectangle. In the wrong hands this approach could have been leaden - here, it is endlessly subtle.

The sloping hilltop site is cleverly used to generate complex, often top-lit interior spaces with exceptional views. This is made possible by the large space at the centre of the triangle that gives a high level of visual inter-connectedness.

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