Clapham Manor Primary School
The London Borough of Lambeth asked dRMM to consider the provision of extra learning spaces for Clapham Manor Primary School. The new wing is conceived as a freestanding addition that plugs into the existing Victorian Board School. The extension comprises classrooms, performance space, staff facilities, reception and improved access while maximising play space. The new intervention is pulled away from the flank wall to sit parallel with the neighbouring Odd Fellows Hall. The resultant interstitial space establishes a new entrance; a triple-height transparent atrium that bridges new and old. Stairs and lift reconcile 4 contemporary storeys within the height of 3 Victorian ones. The aspiration: a building that would sit shoulder to shoulder with two great brick exemplars without being subservient. The building appears without scale as the fašade conceals clues to storey heights and it is contextualised through colour rather than composition; the fašade is a polychromatic loop of colour.