Exhibition: 25.06.2013 – 05.07.2013

Studio 4 - The Peckham Experiment

City of London Boys School by James Retief

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.

Exhibition details

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

Students' work

City of London Boys School - Between St Pauls and Tate Modern

by James Retief

City of London Boys School - Landscape plan

by James Retief

City of London Boys School - Boundary study and section

by Egle Rinkselyte

Barbican City of London School - Boundary sketches

by John Jeong

Assembly Hall and Barbican City of London School - Group models

by James Stirling

Het Schip - Sketch book study trip

by James Retief

Journey to school - Mapping

by James Retief

Lyndhurst Primary School

Lyndhurst Primary School

by James Retief

Gatehouse - School entrance

by James Retief

Treehouse - Lyndhurst landscape

by Mohibur Rahman

Rye Lane - Threshold study

by James Retief

Peckham Pedagogy - Wayfinding for the Middle school

by John Jeong

In-between Peckham - Music middle school

by Sian Ricketts

Music school - College cross section

by Sian Ricketts

Learning landscape - Middle school

by Inchul Cho

Growing Middle School - Threshold view

by Park Chulwoo

Middle school - Threshold section

Egle Rinkselyte

Market Day - Middle school

by Egle Rinkselyte


Sevda Aydemir
Jodie Cleary
Victoria Evans
Joshua Heames
Bartosz Janos
Mohibur Rahman
Sian Ricketts
Christopher Rock
Najla Trollope-Davis
Elliot Walker
Joseph Williams
Htike Yadana
Mariam AhmadZade
Aneta Ikwuagwu
Ibrahim Oraha
Alexandra Lieven
Egle Rinkselyte
Zahra Saleh
Liva Sultanova
James Retief
Inchul Cho
Jeong Dongwon
Park Chulwoo


Simon Tucker
Jonathan Dawes
Sam Fowler
Lefkos Kyriacou
Suzi Winstanley
Louise Boddie
Sandra Denicke-Polcher
Torange Khonsari
Adam Redgrove

With thanks to

Haskins Robinson Waters
Herman Hertzberger
Laurens Jan ten Kate
One Architecture
Lyndhurst Primary School
John Donne Primary School