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Look at Clapham Manor, it’s an absolute jewel
RUTH REED, RIBA PRESIDENT
Much of the building’s power results from the shock of its juxtaposition with the surrounding world. In characteristic dRMM fashion, its expression is very much that of a piece of extraordinary apparatus — a top-of-the-range Bose amplifier, perhaps, plugged into the board school’s beat-up barrel organ. While the practice plays that game very well, one is keen to know what it might make of a larger urban project where the requirement is to make the fabric of the city and not simply the remarkable exception to it. On the basis of the quality of this scheme, I look forward to finding out.
ELLIS WOODMAN, BD ONLINE, ON CLAPHAM MANOR PRIMARY SCHOOL
This extension to the existing primary school is a robust, beautiful and modern building which extends and complements the older school. The new building is exceptional in its quality of design and is stunning both externally and internally.
CIVIC TRUST AWARDS JUDGES; 2010
That beautiful multi-coloured box
MARK LAWSON, JOURNALIST AND CULTURE SHOW BROADCASTER
Like all good architecture, it does something beyond its boundaries. It’s sorted out an old back alley and has turned it into a wonderful front door for the school where you can imagine parents and children gathering in the morning and the evening and that’s what good architecture does: positive contribution to the urban public realm.
IVAN HARBOUR, ROGERS STIRK HARBOUR + PARTNERS, STIRLING PRIZE JUDGE
Clapham Manor School was ‘Stirling Prize second’
THE ARCHITECTS’ JOURNAL, 05 OCTOBER 2010
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The extension comprises classrooms, performance space, staff facilities, reception and improved access, while retaining external play space. The building re-establishes the school as a beacon for the local community it serves. It has, as a public spirited catalyst, also influenced the upgrading of surrounding public space.
The new building is pulled away from the flank wall to sit closely parallel with the neighbouring (Listed grade II*) Odd Fellows Hall. The resultant in-between space establishes a dramatic new entrance; and a triple height transparent atrium that bridges old and new. Stairs, lift and voids cleverly reconcile four contemporary storeys within the height of three Victorian floors. The classrooms are wrapped in a pixellated loop of glass. The colour spectrum and glazing ‘brick bond’ pattern boldly plays with the scale and materiality of the context. The facade works hard: solid, fritted and clear glass provide environmental control, internal felt pinboards display children’s work, changing views of the city are framed at heights to suit all ages.
The ambition was to create a building that would sit shoulder to shoulder with two great brick examples without being subservient; a powerful modern expression of the ongoing dedication of the stakeholders of the school.
Clapham Manor School Website
Photography © Jonas Lencer, Philip Marsh Alex de Rijke