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Mossbourne Community Academy
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
100 Downs Park Road, E5 8JY
Partial disabled access, Refreshments, Toilets
One of the largest timber-framed buildings in the UK, configured as a broad 'V' with access from a covered cloister. Its focus is the generous external space to the North. RIBA Award Winner 2005 and Civic Trust Awards Winner 2006.
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners,
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Studio E Architects,
The design for the Mossbourne Community Academy by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners replaced the former Hackney Downs School and accommodates 1,000 pupils aged 11-16, with a special focus on teaching information and communication technology, as well as offering learning facilities to the wider community.
It is a new sort of school for a new century, located in one of England’s most deprived boroughs, and a powerful engine of regeneration in its own right – the architecture of the building expresses its significance and embodies the key themes of accessibility, openness and social inclusion.
The triangular site for the Academy is confined and subject to high levels of noise from the busy railway tracks that enclose it on two sides – yet on the third side (to the north) it looks out to Hackney Downs, one of the treasured green spaces in the borough. In response, the 8,312 sqm, three-storey building (one of the largest timber frame buildings in the UK) is conceived as a broad ‘V’; its back is to the railway track and it faces the green space to the north.
Teaching spaces look out to a new landscaped square that is visually linked to the Downs beyond. The various faculties/ bases for year groups are housed in sections of the building configured as ‘terraced houses’, with access from a broad covered ‘cloister’, with internal circulation via an intermediate zone.
Each ‘house’ consists of a ground floor of common space, designated staff areas (there is no specific staff room in the school), with a top-lit IT resource space and two levels of more traditional classrooms looking out over the Downs.
The grass sided classrooms allow for visibility along the cloisters and self policing, creating a safe place for pupils. The ‘houses’ are well liked by students and staff.
“The school is optimistic in its intellectual outlook, aspiring to accessibility, openness and social inclusion and the architecture reflects this.”Jury for the RIBA London Awards 2005
2006 Civic Trust Award
2005 RIBA Award
2004 Hackney Design Award