The refurbishment of this large comprehensive school in Dulwich was completed over a period of five years and 30 phases of work. We participated with the design team, pupils and staff at the school together with the local community to develop the brief.
A key element of the project was the colonisation of the existing courtyard to provide circulation, an assembly area, dining hall and auditorium beneath a variable opacity inflated ETFE (ethyl tetra fluoro ethylene) roof.
The 300-seat auditorium superstructure comprises a geodesic shell made from 150mm diameter larch poles with bespoke aluminium and steel nodes. The shell is supported on a steel chassis with precast concrete seating. The main school library occupies the space beneath the seating.
Client: London Borough of Southwark
Project Value: £24M
Winner: 2004 Wood Awards
Winner: M4I Demonstration Award
Winner: Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year Awards 2006