February 2012 - Secondary School

Dutka Architects have been working with a local secondary school on a proposal to extend both teaching and non-teaching facilities.

The project would provide the school with several new teaching rooms, as well as offices, more store rooms and sculpture and science gardens.

An important consideration has been to screen the new building from local residents and to ensure the safety and privacy of all staff and students. This has been achieved by creating a large internal light-filled atrium, while ensuring that all windows on external elevations are set high up in the walls.

The design also features rainwater-harvesting from the roofs, the extensive use of natural ventilation and the installation of a biomass boiler to minimise energy costs and maximise energy conservation.