Design Technology Block, St James School / Squire and Partners

Design technology block, st james school / squire and partners
© Gareth Gardner

Squire and Partners’ approach to the Design and Technology block at St James’ School was to combine a historically referenced crafted timber construction with modern technology, and attempt to reconcile the two to create an authentic structure which will inspire the students, and serve the school for years to come.

Design technology block, st james school / squire and partners
© Gareth Gardner

Occupying an area within the St James School grounds previously home to an ad hoc collection of sheds and storage units, Squire and Partners’ new Design Technology block was designed to accommodate 20 students and two teaching staff as well as an office, plant and store room.

Design technology block, st james school / squire and partners
© Gareth Gardner

Taking inspiration from the craftsmanship and simple technology of timber-frame buildings in the southeast of England, the building envelope is clad in a black vertical weather-board and cover strip system, within which a concealed gutter and flush pyramidal roof-light ensures the purity of the building form is not compromised.

Design technology block, st james school / squire and partners
© Gareth Gardner

The traditional pegged mortise and tenon joints within the timber frame are counterpoised by steel hex-head fixings and sheets of birch-faced ply panels lining the walls, balancing tradition and modernity. The honesty of construction and robust interior provide a simple and practical backdrop for the workshop activities within.

Design technology block, st james school / squire and partners
© Gareth Gardner

Exposing the timber structure and employing traditional construction methods were an important part of the project, as it clearly displays to the students the beauty, longevity and practicality of timber as a building material.

Project Details:
Location: London, UK
Client: St James Senior Boys’ School
Architects: Squire and Partners
Contractor: STP Solutions Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: Bollingbrook
Structure: Eckersley O’Callaghan
Wood Supplier: Carpenter Oak & Woodland
Photographs: Gareth Gardner

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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