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The Charter School, Dulwich RIBA Competition

The Charter School

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Penoyre & Prasad
Competition | Past

​The Charter School, Dulwich

The Charter School’s original campus was built in the 1950’s. The competition looked to transform its tired buildings into an exemplary modern learning environment for 1200 pupils including a sixth form.

Invited Education and Health

Designed by Penoyre & Prasad, The Charter School sought the transformation of its tired buildings into an exemplary modern learning environment for 1200 pupils including a sixth form.

The phased programme began with the creation of a new entrance foyer. This space features a sculptural, tree-like structure that supports its partially glazed roof. The roof has been designed to harvest both solar energy and rainwater.

As part of a strategy to minimise energy and conserve resources, the main four-storey teaching block was stripped back to its frame and rebuilt with new multicoloured cladding to enliven the façade. Night-time ventilation combined with thermal mass helps stabilise internal temperatures and extensive green roofs improve the biodiversity of the site and exploit natural cooling techniques.


Awards
  • RIBA Award 2003
  • Civic Trust Award 2004
  • Aluminium Imagination Award
  • FX International Design Awards - Finalist
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