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Amesbury School

© Nick Guttridge

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Client
Amesbury School

Location
Hindhead, UK

Discipline
Architecture

Sector
Education

Size
new visual arts facility

Status
Completed

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Amesbury School is a co-educational independent preparatory school on the site of Sir Edwin Lutyens’ only purpose-built school building. Marking the far boundary of the school, a tired prefabricated classroom has been replaced by a dramatic contemporary pavilion for teaching a wide range of visual arts. Built predominantly of timber – much of it grown and sourced locally – this sustainable building embraces a mature Scots Pine that grows through its deck and eaves.

The building has received universal acclaim from children, parents, teachers and governing body. Headmaster Nigel Taylor commented: “Our boys and girls are educated ‘in the round’ so that they develop a real appreciation, understanding and hopefully even a love of the expressive arts. This building is the embodiment of that ethos.”

awards

FX Awards 2016
Winner - Best Public Space Scheme