Clapham Manor Primary School
Client: Lambeth AMPD
This jewel-like project is a freestanding addition to a 19th Century Board School which, in the words of the designers, plugs into the existing building allowing it to work as a single entity.
The multi-coloured glass cladding is the first thing which strikes you, but this is no straightforward glass box. The panels, although all glazed externally, internally can be transparent, translucent or opaque. As well as greatly enhancing the energy performance of the building, this arrangement adds a degree of intimacy and privacy to the teaching spaces.
The project results from a positive collaboration between the architects, their teams and a strong headmaster with a very clear educational vision and provides an inventive and uplifting example of what the next generation of school buildings could be. It also avoids generic solutions and looks to use the very best contemporary thinking about what makes a good education environment.
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