A specialist construction school situated within Dartmoor National Park. The form of its roof breaks down the school’s volume within its sensitive, restricted site and provides a rhythm to its structure from both inside and out. Flexible spaces feed off a large naturally lit central space, bringing formal and informal programme together.
(with Satellite Architects)
The building’s plan and roof forms are a direct response to its tight site, setting it back from the surrounding trees and gardens, and pitching to minimise its volume. Built to an extremely tight budget, its main entrance is sculpted and cantilevered to create a dynamic composition at the narrowest point of the site.
Mechanical systems and structure are exposed and identified graphically to highlight the school’s specialism in construction. This industrial language (the plan of the school forms the pattern to its stair balustrade) is balanced by splashes of bright colour and generous daylighting