Marlborough Primary School, Chelsea

A happy hierarchy of places for learning

Marlborough Primary School, Chelsea.
Marlborough Primary School, Chelsea. Credit: Paul Riddle

Dixon Jones for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 4,905m²

This is a school that wonderfully defines a school culture arranged around day-lit interiors and external play space. Teaching areas surround places of congregation, linked to a central stair and bridge. Orientation and connections are carefully orchestrated to ensure the daily life of both teacher and student are enhanced.

  • Marlborough Primary School, Chelsea.
    Marlborough Primary School, Chelsea. Credit: Paul Riddle
  • Marlborough Primary School, Chelsea.
    Marlborough Primary School, Chelsea. Credit: Paul Riddle
  • Marlborough Primary School, Chelsea.
    Marlborough Primary School, Chelsea. Credit: Paul Riddle
  • Marlborough Primary School, Chelsea.
    Marlborough Primary School, Chelsea. Credit: Paul Riddle
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A series of levels and variable screens allow for different scales of event, and steps and an internal ramp offer places to rest and a dynamic experience throughout the centre of the plan.

Circulation routes are kept short and active with shared learning spaces creating a happy hierarchy of places for learning with views to the outside. Long views prevent an institutionalised feel and create variety in a school day. A games area on the roof is enjoyed by other users out of hours.

Readable, fresh and distinctive, this is a school that will encourage pupils to play, learn and achieve.

See other winners in the RIBA Regional Awards – London: Community


 

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