Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies' College

Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham Ladies' College

Parabola Arts Centre

Architect: Foster Wilson Architects

Client: Cheltenham Ladies' College

Photographer: James Brittain

It is refreshing to see classical language employed with such restraint. The scale and the simplicity of the form are appropriate to the surrounding townscape. The architect inherited a tough challenge - the new building is an extension of a freestanding villa that appeared to be two semi-detached homes. The architect has used the opportunity of the inherited dual circulation to organise the complex new building programme.

The auditorium is intimate but with a degree of gravitas that befits the building’s formal expression. In practical terms it is flexible, comfortable and benefits from natural light. The technical challenges relating to acoustics, ventilation and other servicing issues have been addressed with elegance and care.

The building has transformed and cemented the relationship between the college and the town.

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