Room 13, Hareclive Primary School

Mitchell Taylor Workshop, Bristol, 2007


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Two canted towers dominate the roof's profile 

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  • Two canted towers dominate the roof    
  • Canted towers    
  • Fair-faced blockwork    
  • The roof is clad with bright blue Sarnafil membrane    
  • Simple materials are used throughout the building    
  • detail of the two towers, one in blockwork the other in blue Sarnafil    
  • A glazed entrance ensures transparency    
  • Unfinished interior finished provide     
  • Timber frame    
  • Visitors to the studio    
  • Children    
  • rooflights inthe towers give a top-lit interior    
  • The tower skylights provide natural daylighting    
  • The building needed to be secure and vandal-proof    
  • Light patterns created by the tower skylight    
  • A glazed wall facing the school encourages students to use the space    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Roof plan    
  • Section AA    
  • Section AA(2)    
  • Section BB    
  • Section CC    
  • North Elevation    
  • East elevation    
  • South elevation    
  • West Elevation    
  • Sketch    
  • Sketch    
  • Sketch    
  • Roof detail    
  • Roof details    
  • Roof details    
  • Window details    

Small art studio connected to a primary school designed to be secure and energy efficient

The building is part of an international network of studios for young artists run by the students themselves. It is a space dedicated to interactive art education programs for school children; a space where they can run their own studio and work alongside artists. The room is available for use after school hours, between lessons and during lunchtimes.

The design is a response to the local area, with a robust vandal-proof blockwork exterior. Two canted towers, clad with a bright blue Sarnafil roofing membrane add interest to the exterior and provide natural lighting for the teaching space. The roof is supported on glulam beams and covered with a single ply membrane.

A large glazed entrance facing the school, in contrast to the blockwork 'public' facade, encourages children to use the space, and leads to the unfinished interior meant as a 'blank canvas'.


  • Completed: 2007
  • Floor area: 100m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £157,000
  • CO2 Emissions: 34.4kg/m2/year
  • Address: Moxham Drive, Bristol, BS13 0HP, United Kingdom

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