Panel beaters

It would take the ego of an anarcho-socialist writer to come up with a line as sprawlingly all-encompassing as ‘Coloured glass destroys hatred’, but that of an architect to create the glass pavilion that encased Paul Scheerbart’s pithy aphorisms. Jacobs Architects seems to have taken the line to heart at Mandeville School in Aylesbury, with a translucent rainscreen cladding on its new £3.2 million sports and music building. The firm specified more than 200m2 of double height 4mm Kristall polycarbonate panels as outer and inner faces in blues and greens on the two storey steel-framed structure. Spreading an optimistic light from the outside and 200 times tougher then a sheet of glass, they’re also strong enough to take a good school yard kicking.


 

 

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