Rosemary Works, London

Designed by: Aberrant Architecture
For client: Rosemary Works School Floor area: 400.00 M² Year of completion: 2017
Submitted for: Learning Space of the Year

05  Year Three Classroom Rosemary Works © Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy

View of the Year Three Classroom

About the Project

The Directors of Rosemary Works commissioned Aberrant Architecture to re-design and re-invent their school as part of a major investment in the future facilities and infrastructure of their buildings. Through a series of design workshops, the practice worked in collaboration with the school directors, teachers, parents and pupils to develop a contemporary vision that has breathed new life into both the ground floor and first floor spaces of the building.

The commission has been seen as a chance to develop an innovative concept that responds to the school's unique needs, wants and resources. Subsequently a coherent and authentic interior has been developed, based upon a thorough understanding of the demands of its occupants today and a reinterpretation of the heritage of the building and its immediate surroundings.

Highly individual classrooms and other spaces have come about with the help of differing colours that foster orientation among the children. Existing features such as pillars, doors and windows have been left in place, simply livened up with colour-coded coats of paint. In deliberate contrast to the bright colours, seating areas and shelving were added in untreated wood, thus neutralising the overall appearance of the individual rooms. Despite the sheer variety of hues the interiors are harmonious in impression.

What’s unique about it

The school's heritage has been used as a base to work on. Adapting the traditional English 'interwar' wall treatment, the walls of the interior spaces have been divided into sections, allowing different portions to be used in various ways for different activities. Whilst the lower sections are designed specifically for the children to interact with, the middle sections cater for the teachers' needs. A contemporary frieze occupies the top section of the walls, giving each room a blank canvas to tell a unique, highly individual story, that will build up overtime in each space.

At specific points within the school, reveals & nooks such as window seats have been inserted. As well as being centerpiece features with a decorative focus, these reveals and nooks create private & semi-private environments for more intimate activities and also allow opportunities for the display & curation of children’s work.

Ideas on how the school hall space might be used were also generated through a series of workshops with children attending the school. A subtle but striking intervention includes a series of sculptural rails, customizable lighting and brightly coloured curtains in varying opacities, allowing for adjustable degrees of privacy, as well as acting as acoustic barriers.

10  Under The Stairs Rosemary Works © Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy

Under the stairs in the School Hall

09  Staircase Rosemary Works © Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy

The staircase in the School Hall

08  Dining Close Up Rosemary Works © Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy

Breakfast time in the School Hall

07  Curtains Rosemary Works © Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy

Movable Curtains in the School Hall

06  View From Year Three Classroom Into Corridor Rosemary Works © Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy

View of the circulation spaces from the Year Three Classroom

04  Nursery Classroom Rosemary Works © Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy

View of the Reception Classroom

03  Mobile Canal Barge Rosemary Works © Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy

Mobile Canal Barge play structures in the Reception Classroom

02  Chalk Walls In Reception Classroom Rosemary Works © Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy

Chalk Board Walls in the Reception Classroom

01  Reception Classroom Rosemary Works © Simon Kennedy
© Simon Kennedy

View of Reception Class

Location of project:
Aberrant Architecture

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