Marlborough Primary School, an architectural award-winning school in London’s Chelsea run by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, will be on show for the first time at the world’s biggest architectural festival, Open House, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September.
The new school, which will be open 10am-1pm on both days, has won two of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) awards for transforming an urban site into a series of cascading roof terraces centred around day-lit green areas and external play space. Judges praised it for being “a place of learning that is readable, fresh and distinctive…that will encourage pupils to play, learn and achieve”.
Head teacher Sarah Howell said: “We’re thrilled to be part of Open House for the first ever time. We love this school and so this weekend we can share it with our neighbours, as well as architectural lovers from all over.” The Council’s Lead Member for Families, Children and Schools, Cllr Emma Will, said: “The transformation of this site is remarkable. In contrast to the Victorian school, which was behind foreboding brick boundary walls, the new building engages with the public realm with a welcoming entrance and is being used by many different community groups.”
Other Council-owned properties taking part in Open House are 18 Stafford Terrace, Leighton House Museum and Kensal House Estate Community Rooms. A total of 25 buildings around the borough are taking part. In addition, there are three walks: Chelsea’s Architectural Icons, The Alfred Hitchcock London Walk and World’s End Estate Walk, 2 another Council-owned development.
All these venues are easy to reach, with good transport links from across London for architectural lovers.
See https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/openhouse for further information.
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