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Evelyn Grace Academy / Zaha Hadid Architects

  • 01:00 - 13 December, 2010
Evelyn Grace Academy / Zaha Hadid Architects
Evelyn Grace Academy / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Luke Hayes
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Brixton, London Borough of Lambeth, London, United Kingdom
  • Design

    Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Director

    Lars Teichmann
  • Project Architect

    Matthew Hardcastle
  • Project Team

    Lars Teichmann, Matthew Hardcastle, Bidisha Sinha, Henning Hansen, Lisamarie Villegas Ambia, Judith Wahle, Enrico Kleinke, Christine Chow, Guy Taylor, Patrick Bedarf, Sang Hilliges, Hoda Nobakhti
  • Project Manager

    Capita Symonds
  • Engineers

    Arup
  • Quantity Surveyors

    Davis Langdon
  • Planning Consultants

    DTZ
  • Landscape

    Gross Max
  • Employer's Agent

    EC Harris
  • Acoustic Consultant

    Sandy Brown Associates
  • Main Contractor

    Mace Plus
  • Main Contractor's Architects

    Bamber & Reddan
  • Cdm Co Ord

    Arup
  • Ff&E

    Favourite Cat
  • Catering Consultant

    Winton Nightingale
  • Client

    ARK Education and DCSF
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. The Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, London Borough of Lambeth, broadens not only the educational diversity of this active and historical part of London but also augments the built environment in a predominantly residential area. This Academy presents itself as an open, transparent and welcoming addition to the community’s local urban regeneration process. The strategic location of the site within two main residential arteries naturally lends the built form to be coherent in formation. The building assumes a strong urban character and identity which is legible to both the local and neighboring zones.It offers a learning environment that is spatially reassuring thereby being able to engage the students actively. The design of the building to create a healthy atmosphere as a milieu for progressive teaching routines.

© Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes

Project Team: Lars Teichmann, Matthew Hardcastle, Bidisha Sinha, Henning Hansen, Lisamarie Villegas Ambia, Judith Wahle, Enrico Kleinke, Christine Chow, Guy Taylor, Patrick Bedarf, Sang Hilliges, Hoda Nobakhti

In keeping with the educational ideology of ‘schools-within-schools’ the design creates natural segregation patterns nested within highly functional spaces which give each of the four smaller schools a distinct identity, both internally and externally. These spaces present generous environments with maximum levels of natural light, ventilation and understated but durable textures. The collective spaces shared by all the schools are planned to encourage social communication within a distinct hierarchy of natural aggregation nodes which weave together the extensive accommodation schedule. Similarly, the external shared spaces, in order to generate a setting that encourages interaction, are treated in a manner of layering creating informal social and teaching spaces at various levels based on the convergence of multiple functions.

© Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes

The middle schools pupils enter directly into each of the two schools from their respective 1st floor terraces. There is no requirement for the middle school pupils to use any of the main stairs (except in an escape condition) thus avoiding interaction with the other schools. Each middle school is spread over 2 floors connected internally by a single central stair. The 2nd floor shared facilities are accessed from the upper level of the middle schools. The ground floor shared facilities are accessed through the external landscape.

The two uppers schools are accessed separately via the end stair cores to the third floor level. Upper School 2 is accessed from its own 1st floor terrace. Upper School 1 is accessed from the southwest corner of the site at ground level. Glazing into the stairs has been maximised for surveillance. The 2nd floor shared facilities can be accessed via the central stair core. The ground floor facilities can be accessed via the most expedient of the three cores. For flexibility of access options, the central core could be used as access for some of the upper school students via the main reception subject to management preference.

© Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes

Visitors will enter at the main reception and can access any of the schools from the central core.  Staff can choose how they wish to enter subject to management preference.

© Luke Hayes
© Luke Hayes

The academy is effectively split between the ground floor podium of shared facilities with the separate schools above. The schools are organised horizontally to minimise vertical circulation once the students are within their individual schools. The middle schools are spread over the 1st and 2nd floors with the uppers schools both occupying the 3rd floor.

Shared facilities that are suited to community out of hours use are located at ground level with some academic shared facilities such as the common halls and science labs located between the schools in the central area on the 2nd & 3rd floor to allow for the flexibility of them to be used either solely by a small school or as shared facilites by more than 1 school, when required.

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43 Comments

Seher Almufty · October 12, 2012

first impression about the design that simplicity is complexity, i can see the purely define vertical line integrate elements which have continual theme all over the building ending by sloped interlocking surfaces hold ZAHA signature, nice composition of sharp angles. modern abstract form forming an attractive environment.

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Dennis Moss Jnr · October 04, 2011

does anyone think this building will age well?

Matthew D · October 02, 2011

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francesco · July 26, 2011

simply disgusting

Zaha fan no more · June 30, 2011

This FEELS like a military academy where they drill the children into some sort of corporate army.
The only thought or connection with children is the odd splash of luminescent colours. If those particular colours will remain 'in' for these children is another matter all together!

Clearly the architect has been sourced purely for namesake irrespective of whether or not these children care or even know about the 'starchitect' in question.

Utterly disappointed.

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Austin Pike · December 24, 2010

"Great academy by Hadid in London"( http://twitthis.com/fka7xb )

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ARK Schools · December 14, 2010

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hatersareindeedgoingtohate · December 14, 2010

Looks like a corporate facility (in Africa).

Tha · December 14, 2010
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Cucu · December 14, 2010

Haters gonna hate Zaha!

up_today_arch · December 14, 2010

when she spent just a few minutes why it has her name... to push this project?... to support her business?... or.. to hurt her image?... students oppinion is the last subject they think about... good, fine, professional... but not state of the art.......

joe · December 14, 2010 01:48 AM

i don't understand the question

even the smaller hadid projects have to have similar aesthetics it seems. A look at one image and you know it's a Hadid building, despite her not really designing anything in particular

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jdcarling · December 13, 2010

tron 80's not the new one and in the day time

jdcarling · December 13, 2010

Tron during the day time...
the 80's one not the new one.

SF · December 13, 2010

It has some cool spaces, but it is in no means a cool school.
It seems to be more suited to a corporate environment
then a school. ..Not to mention the rigid program that has
been implemented architecturally. And to be honest... i live near
this 'development' and its not that great visually either.

Als · December 13, 2010

Although well done, its a little bit too grey-black-white for a school. Still a "cool school".

joe · December 13, 2010

I attended a lecture by the main architect of this project, 'Zaha spent a maximum of ten minutes looking at this one'. The emphasis was on a cool design that students would feel proud to go to

shetu · June 30, 2011 07:11 AM

As long as it is being called Zaha's design it doesn't matter whether she spent 10 minutes or 10 years.

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