Jerwood School of Design

Project Orange, Rutland, 2009


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North elevation 

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  • North elevation    
  • East and south facades    
  • View of old and new technology centres    
  • West facade    
  • First floor atrium    
  • First floor atrium    
  • Electronics laboratory    
  • First floor design studio    
  • Ground floor workshop    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • Sketch sections    
  • Model 1    
  • Model 2    
  • Model 3    
  • Model 4    
  • Sketch 1    
  • Sketch 2    
  • Sketch 3    
  • Gutter detail    
  • Window detail    

Design and technology building for Oakham School consisting of a mixture of studios and workshops

The design included provision for a CAD/CAM studio, a materials workshop, a technology studio, preparation rooms and an office.

The concept was to create a large 'shed', clad in cedar shingles, that references the vernacular surroundings in a simple well crafted building. Inspiration came from the tradition of barn buildings that can be traced back to Medieval times.

The volume of the building is made up of a pair of two story lean-tos that slide past each other. The building is set a metre away from the existing stone barn and there is mirror-glazed connection between the two. A double height glazed entrance marks the way into a hallway where students can either access the materials workshop or pass upstairs to the IT suites.

At the heart of the scheme is a void, allowing a connection between the design process and the fabrication process. The exposed structural Glulam beams are visible from the ground floor while internal windows ensure all spaces are visually linked.


  • Begun: Sep 2007
  • Completed: Apr 2009
  • Floor area: 641m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £14M
  • Tender date: Aug 2007
  • Procurement: SBC 05 with quantities
  • CO2 Emissions: 31kg/m2/year
  • Address: Oakham School, Chapel Close, Market Place, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6DT, United Kingdom

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