Bridge Academy
This academy for 1,150 pupils is situated on an inner-city brownfield site, in the heart of a multi-ethnic community. Sited for a localised pupil base, the school is accessible for community use out of school hours and acts as a regenerator for an area which has suffered neglect in recent times. The constrained site along the Regent's Canal has driven the design of an innovative vertical school. Like a piece of architectural origami, the design does not replace ground space, but displaces it upwards to ensure each roof space presents useful learning spaces. The building’s scale and materials respond to their context, offering grain and texture. The layered composition of the elevations illustrate the rhythms of the school’s mathematics and music specialism. The Sound Shell’s organic shape is wrapped in a maintenance-free Western Red Cedar that will weather gracefully into its surroundings. The predominant element to the northern canalside is the transparent ETFE cushion which forms an internal wrap between the teaching spaces and the central play terrace.


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