Thursday, 1 July 2010

Old and New - inspirational design

The winner of this years 'Inspirational Design' and the Judges Award' at the BCSE Awards event was Clapham Manor Primary School. This school extension project, designed by dRMM reflects a really bold statement in design that makes no attempt to replicate the original Victorian building - and rightly so! It is designed to be exciting and achieve real connectivity between the two buildings. Although I loved it as Chair of Judges, interestingly, the decision for these awards was unanimous!!

The external design is bold, colourful and exciting and indicates fun, creativity and excitement. Few architects would be this bold, and whilst maybe controversial it just works so well!
Whilst I love the colours I also especially like the linkage between the old and new building, which apart from forming a new Reception area, provides really good linkage and connectivity between the buildings at every level! Not only is it very creative -it is also very functional. This really is a design for the third millenium.
This is how schools should be - exciting, innovative and so fit for purpose!
(As soon as the judges comments are available online - I will attach a link!)


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