Burntwood School, Wandsworth

Fantastic light and views

· Credit: Timothy Soar

AHMM Architects for Wandsworth Borough Council

Construction cost: £40.9m.

GIA: 21,405m

Along with the absence of intrusive security, the large grounds and architectural composition make this school feel more like a campus, where students are treated like adults and expected to behave as such. The retained hall of the much-loved 1950s former school, with its concrete elements and detailing, has clearly informed the architectural and graphic response. 

  • · Credit: Timothy Soar
  • · Credit: Timothy Soar
  • · Credit: Timothy Soar
  • · Credit: Timothy Soar
  • · Credit: Timothy Soar
  • · Credit: Timothy Soar
  • · Credit: Timothy Soar

Modular precast concrete cladding with canted edges and different sized glazing panels creates surprising interior spaces. The landscape is a carefully orchestrated sequence of distinct new gardens. Double-height volumes and open plan break-out areas give fantastic light and views of the circulation spaces.


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