Barbarella Design Studio

Biddenham School Case Study

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Biddenham School

brief:

  • To create accessible, comfortable, safe and joyful space, capable of quick transformation into a space that is visible, serious, inspirational and empowering with no clear boundaries between working, learning and socialising

  • Design to include a Sixth Form Study Centre, dual purpose School Council Chamber and Dining Area, three Discussion Rooms/Classrooms

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The amphitheatrical layout of Greek agora was chosen to illustrate the concept of cradle of democracy. Interior of this building is designed to encourage aspiration and achievement through personal and social engagement and promote equal opportunity to take part in open, honest and collaborative dialogue.

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Space planning to accommodate multi-functionality: 

  • Assembly hall for 200 students with all presentation facilities such as screens, ICT, etc.

  • Areas for small group projects

  • Space for self study 

  • Classroom for 20-100 students

  • Extension of the school canteen

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  • Circular sittings benches made of concrete with wood inserts (environmentally friendly and very robust)

  • A round centrepiece grass planter, to promote wellbeing and performance

  • Row of high desks around as additional sitting, space for lunch and standing works

  • Round sky light window to provide as much natural light as possible and create a feeling of being outside 

  • Ceiling and wall acoustic panels that form a decorative pattern brought to resolve acoustic issue of the building