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Hackney School of Food, Hackney

Hackney School of Food by Surman Weston adds an RIBA London Small Project of the Year to its awards cabinet

Hackney School of Food.
Hackney School of Food. Credit: Jim Stephenson

Contract value: Confidential  
GIA: 59m²

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.

  • Hackney School of Food.
    Hackney School of Food. Credit: Jim Stephenson
  • Hackney School of Food.
    Hackney School of Food. Credit: Jim Stephenson
  • Hackney School of Food.
    Hackney School of Food. Credit: Jim Stephenson
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London Regional Small Project of the Year sponsored by Gaggenau

See the rest of the London East winners here
And all the RIBA Regional Awards here

 

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