Copper building Well Street (Orchard primary school) Emily Webber 30 May 2011 Planning & development @saladefolle pointed me at a new copper clad building on Well Street, not quite as shiny here as it is in the sun Does anyone know more about it?” 14 Comments ewebber 30 May 2011, 8:23 am Right, I found out more, it’s brass and it’s Orchard primary school in a £6m extension and refurbishment. More here: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=13566and here: http://www.rivingtonstreetstudio.co.uk/#/projects/OrchardPrimarySchool/ Looks like all the most freedom in architectural design is in Hackney primary schools! Here’s Lauristonhttp://www.klhuk.com/portfolio/education/lauriston-primary-school.aspx“ benjamin 30 May 2011, 3:07 pm @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. leannet 31 May 2011, 8:11 am Hi – I am the Chair of Governors at Orchard Primary School. The architects on the project are http://www.rivingtonstreetstudio.co.uk/ – 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. benjamin 31 May 2011, 8:18 am @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.” leannet 31 May 2011, 8:50 am 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! saladefolle 31 May 2011, 11:26 am @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?” leannet 31 May 2011, 11:55 am Definitely up for Open House. However, it will be for the 2012 weekend – unfortunately we will still be under construction for Sept 2011. ewebber 31 May 2011, 12:13 pm 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 🙂 leannet 31 May 2011, 12:35 pm Great idea. Let me get back to you when things are a bit calmer! goodlegs 31 May 2011, 5:40 pm @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: http://www.archdaily.com/138164/stoke-newington-school-and-sixth-form-jestico-whiles/2181_n99_medium thanks @northsixteen”” goodlegs 31 May 2011, 5:44 pm Alright so I missed the point in that it’s not a new school goodlegs 31 May 2011, 6:09 pm Ah, here’s a better link:http://www.archdaily.com/138164/stoke-newington-school-and-sixth-form-jestico-whiles/ ewebber 31 May 2011, 6:18 pm 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 🙁 ewebber 31 May 2011, 6:22 pm … I like their brutalist design” Comments are now closed for this post.