Christ’s College School
Client: Diocese of Guildford
This does not look like Guildford; it does not even look like Britain, rather we might be in Switzerland or Scandinavia, where good architecture has long been a pre-requisite for good education. With its generous approach and its rich brown brick elevations, it stands as a beacon for an all-too-short-lived commitment to the notion that design quality leads to better places for children to learn and develop.
This clever design for a secondary school achieves a great deal on three compact levels, yet has a gratifying generosity of circulation and inner courtyard spaces. The central atrium space at the heart of the school provides a focus for the school community.
The building embodies an innovative natural ventilation system, which works well on the hottest of summer days and is subtly manifested on the deep brown brickwork of external walls as occasional patterns of gaps in the pointing.
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