Badminton School Block / Mitchell Taylor Workshop

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Architects: Mitchell Taylor Workshop
Location: Bristol,
Project Team: Kris Eley, Rob Mitchell, Tinyue Liu
Client: The Governors, Badminton School
Structural Engineering: Hyder Consulting
Main Contractor: Carter Construction
Project Area: 1,909 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Edmund Sumner

ground floor plan

The Scheme was for a new 94 bed boarding house for Badminton School, Bristol. Badminton is one of the foremost girl’s schools in the country and they wanted a forward looking building to provide new accommodation for the girls and house staff.

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The building covers three storeys and is largely wrapped at the upper levels in an un-treated Larch cladding skin above a brick base that dissolves into the ground plane and the surrounding landscape. The building has a very efficient use of space to provide the accommodation and then the building is broken along its length to form the central circulation and social areas which flood the centre of the building with light and ventilation and to expand the views across the Avon valley behind.

@ Edmund Sumner

The building is a high performing design with sustainability at the core of the client brief. The envelope is a super-insulated steel stud frame with lightweight partitions and thermally massive floors. The spaces are naturally ventilated throughout and designed for natural light to all spaces. What heating the building needs is provided by a Combined Heat and Power plant unit that also produces electricity to be used for the building and the wider School.

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Cite: "Badminton School Block / Mitchell Taylor Workshop" 10 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • Holcim Awards US

    I love this design. It is beautiful and relates to the surrounding context incredibly well. This will be fantastic as the wood ages and turns an elegant gray. Fantastic.

  • Coastal Cedar Direct

    Very impressive project! Love the cladding concept.

  • Jakub

    Nice design, especially in conservative England.
    BTW, attached map isn’t even close to the real location of this building. ;)

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