The building of The Evelyn Grace Academy presents itself as an open, transparent and friendly contribution to the process of revitalizing of neglected parts of London.
Evelyn Grace Academy
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EVELYN GRACE ACADEMY
Country: UK, EnglandLocation: LondonPurpose: educationMain Contractor: ARK
Zaha Hadid Architects
Our contribution: Performing static, fabrication and site project curtain walls.
The Evelyn Grace Academy building in Brixton, London Borough of Lambeth, in
between the Shakespeare Road and Loughborough Park, east of the Brixton center,
not only continues the rich educational traditions of this historic part of
London, but also increases the diversity of the local built environment mostly
with residential buildings. The building of The Evelyn Grace Academy presents
itself as an open, transparent and friendly contribution to the process of
revitalizing the neglected parts of the city in London that went underway a few
Strategic placement of the academy area on the crossing
of the two main residential arteries was a challenge for designers, who managed
to naturally integrate the architectural form of the designed Academy into the
surroundings, and at the same time make the whole area coherent and retain its
character. The building takes on a strong urban character and identity, which
is readable both in the context of local and neighboring development zones. It
offers an educational environment that is spatially calming, thus able to
engage students actively. The design of the building offers everything that
contemporary architecture can do to create an environment for progressive
learning procedures. The school's philosophy draws upon that of the U.S.
charter school movement specifically, its ‘small school model’. The project
objective was the usage of the natural values of the surroundings to create
highly functional spaces that give each of the four smaller schools that make
up the Academy a separate identity, both internally and externally. These
spaces present an open environment with maximum levels of natural light,
ventilation and low but durable building facades. The shared spaces - common to all schools - are to
encourage social communication within a separate hierarchy of natural aggregation
nodes, which connect a large residential area. Similarly the outside shared
spaces in order to generate a setting that encourages interaction, are treated
in a layered fashion, creating informal social and teaching spaces at different
levels based on the convergence of multiple functions.
Evelyn Grace Academy is the first completed
architectural project of Zaha Hadid Architects in England. It was built in an
area with the highest violent crime rate in Europe. The school with an area of
10,000 m2 was opened on September 13, 2010. Space between Evelyn Grace Academy and the adjacent
streets were taken by playgrounds and sports fields with a 100-meter-long
bright red running track as well as bridge building in the middle of the
running track. The elevation of the main building took the shape of a
diagonal line along the entire length of the building, creating a specifically
broken curve. The building twists many times, helping to mark the separate
character of four schools united in one Academy. The interior of Evelyn Grace
Academy is basically a simple layout, with classrooms on either side of wide
corridors. The complex is thus essentially simple, yet complicated by the
irregular architectural geometry and the classrooms serving small schools at
different levels. The design by Zaha Hadid architecture communicates the
high ambitions of a serious university, but at the same time preserves the
intimacy of its ‘small schools’. In places it looks like a standard school
building with cosmetic applied exotic geometry. Unexpected space overlap
counteracts the potential architectural boredom of large school buildings.
MAS Design as an independent office has been present on the market since 2013. MAS Design is a leading design office in Poland implementing projects in the BIM formula. Our management team has over 15 years of experience in the facade cladding industry, collected while designing and implementatingthe facades.