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Central School of Speech and Drama

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Jestico + Whiles
location London
function education, theatre
contributed by Cordula_Zeidler

At the heart of the Central School of Speech and Drama's site is the school's own theatre, surrounded by various additions built in the last decade. It all looked rather ad hoc and piecemeal, a brick block here, a concrete workshop building there. Something radical had to happen, in terms of both volume and design. The school needed space, and a lot of it. It also had no architectural identity and this too had to change. The site is truly inhospitable, even by urban London standards: it has an irregular footprint and faces a busy traffic junction lined with large, mediocre building blocks. To resist intense noise and urban hardness, the building needed to be bold and confident. And so it is. A tightly spaced and subtly coloured glass façade to the west is held together by solid volumes of dark engineering brick and shiny zinc. This excitement drops upon entering the building, where there is no architectural drama, no detail to speak of and, apart from a little timid orange, no colour.

trashy bo says:
let me go there
Natasha Simpson says:
What can i say, SIMPLY THE BEST.
Louise Davis says:
This is a fantastic school that has produced a large number of well known artists world wide.
I think its one of the best drama school in the world.
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Central School of Speech and Drama
Eton Ave
United Kingdom
Project is public!
How to get there? Bus The following bus routes have stop near Central: 13, 187, 268, C11, 31, 46, 82, 113. Underground Central is on the other side of the road from the Jubilee Line - Swiss Cottage (exit 2), or approximately 8 minutes walk from the Metropolitan Line Finchley Road tube station. Rail Central is approximately 10 minutes walk from the Silverlink Metro Finchley Road & Frognal rail station. Bicycle The nearest bicycle racks are next to Swiss Cottage tube station (exit 2).
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Completion 2005
ArchitectJestico + Whiles
Client Central School of Speech and Drama
Project ID 1159
Latitude/Longitude 51°32'39N 00°10'29W
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