St John & St James CofE Primary School Pavilion

Studio Cullinan And Buck Architects Ltd (SCABAL), London, 2010


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Playground pavilion inspired by the form and colour an apple for a school in north London

Instead of spending capital on renting mobile classrooms, the school chose to spend their money on this permanent pavilion. A grand garden shed in the middle of their playground. The pavilion provides a music room, a go-to destination and a specialist teaching and learning space.

Influenced by the idea of an apple in the school garden – note the green and red hexagonal shingle cladding - the building is made out of ten structural wooden elements from the forests of Eastern Europe. Each is fully formed and transported into place on a just-in-time programme. At £125,000, the price is very similar to the borrowing cost of a temporary classroom, except the structure is permanent.

The pavilion is part of an expansion programme by the school that will run into the summer of 2011, and see the extension of the current school and a large expansion of the school’s playground.


  • Completed: May 2010
  • Floor area: 70m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £125,000
  • Address: St John & St James CofE Primary School, Grove Street, London, N18 2TL, United Kingdom

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