Winning schemes of the Architectural Review’s School Awards 2015 revealed
The AR School Awards celebrate excellence in educational facility design, from kindergartens to university buildings. This year’s jury Sam Jacob, Sadie Morgan and Deyan Sudjic, with AR Executive Editor Emily Booth as chair, selected Hayhurst’s and Co’s Whitehorse school extension as the winner of the AR School Awards 2015.
CVDB Arquitectos’ Braamcamp Freire school was highly commended for its impetus to improve a troubled district, and Rural Urban Framework’s school in Mulan village was commended for its delicate, sculptural use of materials.
In the video below, they tell us more about why these schemes stood out and describe the challenging task of defining such a varied type.
Whitehorse Manor School extension in London by Hayhurst and Co
Braamcamp Freire School in Lisbon by CVDB Arquitectos
Mulan Village school in China by Rural Urban Framework
‘Education is neither Eastern nor Western. Education is education: it’s the right of everyone.’
Jury and Chair comments
Deyan Sudjic, Director, The Design Museum
‘Education is such a big subject - it means anything from a primary school to a university building. You can’t say this is one building type. The winning project feels like a good place to learn - one that gives the sense that education matters.’
Sam Jacob, Principal, Sam Jacob Studio
‘One of the strange things was that the more modest, small and challenged projects showed the most imagination. The winner’s interventions have transformed the old idea of what a school is into something incredibly liberating.’
Sadie Morgan, Founding partner, dRMM
‘In terms of global trend I don’t think I actually saw one. It took some time to really understand that perhaps there wasn’t a general move towards anything. The winner is a very beautiful project - each moment in time creates something very wonderful in its spaces.’
Emily Booth, Executive Editor, The Architectural Review
‘The judges were looking for how these buildings could change education and the experience of students for the better. They stressed the need for intelligent, flexible and relevant space that created for students a rounded experience that was more than the sum of its parts.’