RIBA Regional Awards 2014: South
New Music School at Stowe, Buckingham
Nick Cox Architects for Stowe School
Contract £3.95m. GIA 1706m2
‘Every boy who goes out from Stowe will know beauty when he sees it all the rest of his life,’ said Stowe School’s founding headmaster. The design of the new music school responds confidently to its classical and landscape context both in form and in high spec materials, including stone cladding. The massing of the building is discreet and low-key, using changing ground levels to good effect while respecting the classical context and design principles associated with it. The foyer is already well used as an informal social space and the auditorium addresses the acoustic challenges of any such space.