Hackney School of Food by Surman Weston adds an RIBA London Small Project of the Year to its awards cabinet
Contract value: Confidential
A noteworthy scheme and much-needed kitchen school for all pupils in Hackney, an inspiring place to teach children how to grow, cook and eat food, while also serving as a community hub and for corporate events to help finance the operation.
A derelict school keeper’s house and garage have been transformed imaginatively with value for money fully interrogated. A large high-level window to the street gable allows north light in and advertises the school’s presence. Internally, the space has been cleared of divisions, forming a cathedral of food complete with a ‘cauliflower ceiling’, of fire-treated spray foam. Old finishes and scars are left. Timber cement board across surfaces holds the space together. This is designed to support utility with many moments of delight with the budget largely concentrated at child height.