Downe House School
Following an invited design competition in 2013, we were commissioned to develop designs for the new Learning Centre at Downe House School. The competition brief asked for proposals for a visually and experientially inspiring building that would sit at the heart of the campus and serve as a hub for some of the key spaces of learning and day-to-day activities: a new library, multi-purpose auditorium, teaching spaces, cafe, shop, resources hub and offices.
The Centre is a physical and visual draw into the campus from the main entrance, and reinforces connections to the surrounding woodland which gives the School its unique setting. The three-storey building sits into the natural topography; therefore minimising its height at the main entrance approach
The building will play a central role at Downe House, both in terms of the accommodation that it will provide and as a focal building in the wider context of the school campus: the new ‘Heart and Soul’ of the school.