Hunstanton School

Alison and Peter Smithson, Norfolk, 1954


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Perspective of side of main block 

Galwey, Arphot and Nigel Henderson     Download Original

  • Perspective of side of main block    
  • Close view of entrance    
  • View of eastern end of the main block    
  • Perspective view of the southern side    
  • View of the gymnasium from the south west    
  • View of the west end of the main block    
  • View of the gymnasium from the north west    
  • View of entire complex from south east    
  • The gymnasium an individual unit    
  • Eastwards view along the north side    
  • Servery and wash area looking into west dining area    
  • Interior of hall    
  • Housecraft room interior    
  • Fully glazed walls of one interior courtyard    
  • View-showing-both-staircases-inside-the-entrance-foyer    
  • Stircase-showing-steel-welding-and-wooden-components    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Fist floor plan    
  • Ground floor plan gymnasium    
  • First floor plan gymnasium    
  • Plan of frames used    
  • Detail of sliding window bolted to facing frame    
  • Detail showing junctions of frames    
  • Detail showing frame and welded sealing angles    
  • Detail showing facing frame    
  • Isometric view of facing frames    
  • Dimensions of structural frames used    
  • Details of facing frame glazing    
  • Detail of courtyard wall    
  • Details of frame glazing    

Grade II listed Van der Rohe inspired modern steel frame and glass secondary school

Winner of a design competition, the Smithsons took a Modernist approach to building this secondary school, constructed as part of the 1944 Education Act. A steel frame enabled the mass use of glazed facades.

The services are visible most notably the water tank which was held in a tower above the school’s main building.


  • Begun: Mar 1951
  • Completed: 1954
  • Floor area: 4,250m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Tender date: Feb 1951
  • Address: Downs Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5HY, United Kingdom

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