This is a two storey extension and partial conversion of an existing two-storey 1960s constructed building at Longford Community School (now known as Rivers Academy). A total area of 750sq.m (a 200 sq.m extension and 550sq.m conversion of existing) houses two new classrooms and a Fitness Centre at ground level with a new Library/learning Centre at first floor.
▼主立面，main elevation ©Peter Cook
The challenge here was how to successfully extend a nasty looking teaching block. We chose to build a vibrant colourful structure that straddles the end of the block almost as a kind of articulated bookend.
▼新结构像书立一般挡在既有建筑的一侧，the new structure straddles the end of the block almost as a kind of articulated bookend ©Peter Cook
▼建筑外观局部，facade partial view ©Peter Cook
The two storey extension element uses bespoke designed colour-stained Finnish softwood laminated ‘fins’ that support both the first floor structure and the roof. Unusually for this material, the structure is completely external and exposed to the elements and after much research was pressure impregnated in order that it could perform to these conditions.
▼多彩的“鳍片”以定制的芬兰软木层压板构成，the two storey extension element uses bespoke designed colour-stained Finnish softwood laminated ‘fins’ ©Peter Cook
▼Kerto木结构细部，detail of Kerto structure ©Peter Cook
In between each fin are aluminium grating panels that provide solar control as well as structural stiffening to the external structure. The roof is clad with silver ‘Trespa’ panels and is designed to give the impression of floating/sliding across the exposed roof beams.
▼“鳍片”之间设有铝制格栅板，in between each fin are aluminium grating panels ©Peter Cook
Internally, the library has been designed as an adaptable open plan area that can be used for different ways of teaching – there is raised area of carpet clad cubed modules for seating, bespoke designed tables and benches and an enclosed curved ‘arena’ space.
▼图书馆内部空间，library interior view ©Peter Cook
▼制格栅板控制室内光线，the grating panels provide solar control ©Peter Cook
▼包覆着地毯的立方体座位模块，carpet clad cubed modules for seating ©Peter Cook
▼圆形“剧场”空间，the curved ‘arena’ space ©Peter Cook
▼建筑夜景，exterior view by night ©Peter Cook
▼轴测图，axon ©Jonathan Clark Architects
▼二层平面图，first floor plan ©Jonathan Clark Architects
▼扩建结构详图，extension structure detail ©Jonathan Clark Architects
Project size: 750 m2
Project Budget: £1500000
Completion date: 2009
Building levels: 2
Project team: Jonathan Clark Architects
Photo: Peter Cook