This timber-clad library provides much-needed space at this school in Kentish Town.
The building is founded on mini-piles, which allowed it to be built immediately next to a mature tree on the other side of the site boundary. A steel frame supports the roof and allows one corner of the building facing the playground to be opened up in warm weather.
The new building consists of a flexible space, library, storage, staff and children’s WCs, and an outdoor area. The corner of the building is made of a sliding, wrapping glazed wall, which can completely open to allow learning activities from the small internal space to spill out onto the newly created external forecourt, transforming it into an outdoor extension of the classroom.