Yerbury Primary School

Peter Morris Architects, London, 2013

 

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Stairs, gate and archway for a Primary School

At Yerbury Primary School in Islington they wanted to improve security and circulation.

Inspiration came from a David Hockney quote - “I can find excitement in the rain on a pool in Bridlington. Somebody else couldn’t. But I can, and that’s the excitement. I mean, yes. Everyday, I get it. I’m alive. I feel alive.”

Victorian schools can be foreboding, “Our approached” says Peter “was to create a moment of joy.”

The gates are made from thin metal sections painted gold, like lines on a drawing creating a play on the geometry of the letter ‘Y’ taken from the schools name. These lines fan out in rainbow formation, down to golden flower pot.

Peter explains "The gates have an unusual form, so children and teachers make up their own interpretations, all are different. This is the point - we’ve created wonder and intrigue in the everyday.”

Data

  • Begun: Jun 2013
  • Completed: Sep 2013
  • Floor area: 15m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £10,000
  • Tender date: May 2013
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • Address: Yerbury Primary School, Foxham Road, London, M19 4RR, United Kingdom

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