Copper building Well Street (Orchard primary school)

@saladefolle pointed me at a new copper clad building on Well Street, not quite as shiny here as it is in the sun

copper building

Does anyone know more about it?”


  1. Right, I found out more, it’s brass and it’s Orchard primary school in a £6m extension and refurbishment.
    More here:
    and here:

    Looks like all the most freedom in architectural design is in Hackney primary schools! Here’s Lauriston
    Lauriston Primary school

  2. @ewebber Yes, there’s been some good school buildings in recent years. I particularly like the modern extensions to Victorian schools, such as Orchard, resulting in the juxtaposition of the old and new. It’ll be interesting to see how the brass on Orchard weathers with age. I’m guessing it’ll end up with verdigris.

  3. Hi – I am the Chair of Governors at Orchard Primary School. The architects on the project are – also based in Hackney. The cladding is Tecu and will fade in time and provide a more subtle match to the original building (the architects can probably provide a more technical explanation). However, the response from the children has been amazing – many have said that their school is made of gold and they are very proud of it! We can’t wait until the project is finished and the whole school is transformed.

  4. @leannet Thanks for that. It’s heartening to hear of kids responding positively to architectural stimuli. I too like it \gold”. Maybe in a few years you’ll see me on ladders with a barrel of Brasso strapped to my back.”

  5. In the past Orchard was ‘hidden’ behind a large brick wall. Many locals didn’t even know it was a school. I don’t think Orchard and our children will be forgotten in the future!

  6. @leannet the children of Hackney deserve an amazing looking school; and since it’s such a beautiful building from the outside, is there any chance the school would consider taking part in the Open House event so we can see it from the inside too?”

  7. Definitely up for Open House. However, it will be for the 2012 weekend – unfortunately we will still be under construction for Sept 2011.

  8. I would love to have a look around, I’ll wait for 2012, unless you want to do a yeah! Hackney special, we don’t mind wearing hard hats 🙂

  9. Great idea. Let me get back to you when things are a bit calmer!

  10. @ewebber wrote: \Looks like all the most freedom in architectural design is in Hackney primary schools!”

    … and another one from twitter: “@happyhenry: Stoke Newington School featured in world’s most visited architecture website: thanks @northsixteen””

  11. Alright so I missed the point in that it’s not a new school

  12. Seeing this makes me more confused as to why the Stillman Eastwick-Field building on Morning Lane was knocked down to make way for a school, on one hand the council are praising the architecture and on the other destroying it 🙁

  13. stoke newington school

    … I like their brutalist design”

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