Studio 4 - The Peckham Experiment
Studio led by Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture
About the show
This year Studio 4 has engaged with the learning landscape of Peckham, South London. Within this urban context we have been considering schools and educational institutions that provide sanctuaries for learning and enlightenment, well-being and play. These islands in the city provide shelter for the youngest and most vulnerable of society and they are places where local communities come together.
We have studied precedents in London and Amsterdam to understand how schools relate to the city and the public realm and have speculated on how these complex relationships might be redefined. We have explored the difference between boundaries – rigid and resistant barriers, and borders – porous thresholds that allow and encourage exchange.
The design of edge conditions has been critical to our research and we have considered typologies of edge building and transition space - gatehouses, arcades and foyers, which can be used to stitch schools into the urban fabric and public realm.
To conclude and illustrate our findings students have designed a Middle School in Peckham that creates new connections between younger and older children, neighbouring schools and local communities. These proposals respond to the increasing demand for primary school places and aspire to transform the topography of compulsory education.
|P.V.||Tuesday 25 June 2013, 6.30pm-10pm|
|Opening||Wed 26 June - Fri 5 July 2013
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm
|Venue||Spring House (1st Floor)|
|Studio||Architecture Studio 4|
|Course||Architecture BA (Hons) RIBA Part 1|