Horris Hill

Boarding and day preparatory school for boys 7 - 13 years

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The Design

 

THE DESIGN

The school is comprised mostly of red brick buildings with a Victorian flavour. We believe that the new theatre will provide the opportunity to use more modern materials thus bringing a contemporary flavour to the school. Carefully balancing old and new, the modern theatre structure will sit sympathetically alongside the original features.

We propose to demolish the existing single storey DT Block and replace this with a new theatre built from engineered timber and which would be naturally ventilated. It’s position on the Greenhill Courtyard offers an opportunity to create a specific “town square” for social occasions and a new Cloister Garden. The new building will change the spaces around it, creating new pockets of activity and journeys around the whole school campus.

The strong links between theatricality, citizenship and civic architecture prompt a design approach which treats the theatre building as a key protagonist in the ongoing rejuvenation of the school grounds as well as the schools tradition of theatrical performance and debating. 

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