Olga Primary School
Olga Primary School unlocks a constrained site to provide over 700 inner London children with indoor and outdoor leaning and play space designed to inspire.
Architecture Initiative has designed a ‘garden school’ in Tower Hamlets in East London. The new scheme for Olga Primary School provides a three form entry school featuring terraced gardens, trees and landscapes as well as distinctive oxidised cladding, the school has been designed to inspire children with an exciting and unconventional environment.
The design makes the most of a very tight East London site to provide places for over 700 pupils and create more than 60 new jobs in the area. Architecture Initiative designed a compact school built upwards rather than sprawling to occupy the minimum area and maximise the space for a landscaped play area while improving the view for surrounding residents.
The scheme is divided into two distinct elements separated by a glazed atrium: one houses the teaching block, including classrooms, while the other mixes administrative and community activities. In this way the regeneration project has opened up the school to the wider community which is able to use spaces within the school outside school hours.
Images by Andy Stagg