Chelsea Academy

Chelsea Academy

Chelsea Academy, front exterior

Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio

Client: Department for Education and Chelsea Academy Trust

Photographer: Tim Crocker

The building packs 11,000 square metres of school on to a highly constrained site exactly half that size. The quality of the circulation and teaching spaces is the result of a highly sophisticated synthesis of complex accommodation requirements.

The school sits cheek by jowl with low-rise housing and a power station. It steps between the two through a series of courtyards which bring in light and provide external space. The building layout, section and form are a remarkable three-dimensional puzzle like a Rubik's cube, with each face having an independent response to its immediate environment.

The design team has developed advanced environmental controls to integrate passive design with technology and to deliver a 10% carbon reduction. 

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