A robust and joyful environment
DSDHA for Davenies School
Contract value: Undisclosed
Davenies is an independent school for boys aged 4 to 13. DSDHA’s project involves the replacement of a 1980s building to provide 10 classrooms, breakout spaces, external play areas, library, hall and staff facilities. The new building is uncompromisingly contemporary without being harsh. The plan gives a constant connection to the landscape by nestling into it, providing intimate, light-filled external spaces. Different views and features have been framed and the classrooms are flooded with light.
The change in materials references the old, breaks down the scale and mass of the new and helps the building to recede into the landscape. Internally, the spaces flow well and circulation is controlled. All this provides a robust and joyful environment that is calming and nurturing without being condescending to the child. Within the constrained and sometimes pastiche surroundings of Beaconsfield, this building should stimulate the public to think about the power of architecture.