Culloden Primary School
School extension provides additional outdoor teaching space on constrained site.
The existing school building comprised a number of single-storey sprawling buildings leaving limited site area available for expansion. However, rather than proposing a series of complex small alterations and additions, the team proposed a purpose built standalone extension that would include first floor external play space to compensate for the loss of site area.
The proposal was designed to dramatically contrast with the existing school buildings in a palette of colours derived from the surrounding environment, and to make a feature of this new facility within the site.
To combat poor air quality from adjacent Blackwall Tunnel and developed urban areas, the building was hermetically sealed and mixed mode ventilation employed, with attenuated grilles and glazed louvres to the atrium providing fresh air to the interior spaces.
Culloden Primary School formed part of an extensive programme of education sector developments by Matt, Lee and Rowan prior to establishing Architecture Initiative.