Sense of security and intimacy encourages pupils to socialise – and learn
Alleyn's School Lower School, Dulwich. Credit: Paul Riddle
London RIBA Regional Award 2019
Tim Ronalds Architects for Alleyn’s School
Contract value: £3.94m
Cost per m²: £3,064
Alleyn’s Lower School provides a safe, welcoming environment for 300 children moving from the prep to the main school. This is done by arranging classrooms around a top-lit central space and a warm palette of materials. Sensitive scale and massing ensure it does not overwhelm residential neighbours, its form and restrained brick detailing creating a landmark in the urban context. The triangular form maximises the site and creates a legible, easy to use building. The clustering of classrooms around the atrium is particularly successful at upper levels where the pitched roof lends a domestic feel. A general sense of security and intimacy encourages pupils to socialise – and ultimately learn – in this fantastic precedent for a school project.