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Kings College School

Founded in 1829, King’s College School Wimbledon is one of the leading academic schools in the UK.

YEAR

2017-2018

LOCATION

Wimbledon, United Kingdom 

CATEGORY

Education

ARCHITECTS

Hopkins Architects

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Kings College School

Founded in 1829, King’s College School Wimbledon is one of the leading academic schools in the UK.

Emphasizing the position music occupies in the life of the School, the new Music School consolidates music teaching, practice and performance spaces at the entrance to the School campus.

An L-shaped foyer enables access to all parts of the building by linking three distinct elements. A triple-height auditorium seating up to 200 people and a stage for a 70 piece orchestra is located closest to the centre of the School campus. Music teaching classrooms, practice rooms and a larger rehearsal room wrap around two sides of the auditorium in two individual, lower buildings with a basement.

Picking up on the School context and in particular the Great Hall, external walls are constructed from handmade brick using LIMETEC mortar and the roofs from handmade clay roof tiles set in a pattern which again expresses the triangulated structure of the Concert Hall and Rehearsal Room.

Working as a group of three linked but individual buildings, they are arranged to be viewed amongst a group of existing trees, breaking down the bulk of the development and embedding it neatly within the School environment. The building is to be rated as BREEAM Very Good, with excellent environmental and acoustic conditions throughout, including appropriate levels of natural daylight and ventilation.

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KINGS SCHOOL COLLEGE

Awards.

2016

Civic Trust Awards:  Commendation

2014

Riba National Award

2013

Riba Regional Award

2010

Structural Timber Award: Education Project of the Years

2010

Pitched Roofing Award

2009

New London Architecture Award: Commended

2009

Education Acoustics Award

2006

AJ Architecture Awards: School Project

2005

Brick Development Association: Brick Award, Best Education Building: Commended

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