This elegant addition provides a new entrance, art studios and catering facilities whilst also improving the context of the school – a part that makes a better whole.
The old school-house is now celebrated by a light and airy porch. The main stair leads to the upper studios and a large terrace sitting over the dining hall. There is a rugged hierarchy to materials, with the exposed concrete frame, timber curtain wall and ply furniture systems tightly planned and elegantly detailed. The architectural quality is enhanced by this disciplined approach to exposing the essential materials of structure and cladding, while dealing well with the acoustic environment that is so often the victim of such a hard and bright material palette.