Farnborough Grange Junior School
Originally envisaged as a refurbishment project, like Crookham and Calthorpe Park schools in Hampshire, Farnborough Grange Junior School became a new-build project as the existing school was beyond saving.
Single-storey south-facing classrooms allow a cross section that gathers sunlight but also deals with ventilation.
The asymmetrical roof arrangement bounces daylight deep into the plan. The opening clerestory windows help to prevent overheating in the summer sun. The lower windows are sheltered by a horizontal plane of wind-mesh.
The height of the classrooms nearest to the windows allows the space to be scaled for the pupils.
The plan is a twisted Y shape with the main staircase in a cylinder at the centre. The stair therefore acts as a pivot or hinge-point for the classroom wings to rotate around, allowing them to exploit the full width of the playing fields and take advantage of the southerly orientation.