Type. Primary School Science and Technology Lab with AY Architects
Status. Completed May 2018
Location. Camden London
Awards. London RIBA Award 2019
‘… this small wooden structure answers its programmatic and architectural brief with aplomb… An empathetic client/architect relationship has resulted in the creation of a delightful, multi layered, beguilingly fresh new building typology for primary school children to engage their curiosity and enjoyment of the sciences. An excellent example of simple, thoughtful passive environmental design…’ For the full RIBA Awards Jury quotation, please access the RIBA webpage. For a short 3min film about the building, click below or visit this link.
Eleanor Palmer Science Lab is a learning environment that aims ‘to foster enquiring minds, curiosity and wonder in the world’. It is conceived as a ‘wonder room’; a cabinet of curiosities and a place for discovery and experimentation. The Lab accommodates classes and after school clubs for up to 31 pupils and is designed to be a shared resource for the school, neighbouring community and other schools.The new building replaces the exact footprint of an under-used canopy structure built against a Victorian boundary wall. It responds to complex site and boundary conditions, a noisy road and a disjointed playground.