Anthro

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School architectural design architects London Essex UK

Thomas Court School, Dublin, Ireland

This project seeks to design a new approach to primary school design. The concept seeks to push back against the overly standardised and systemised national school design guidelines.
Located in the Liberties, central Dublin, tThe school to plugs into existing buildings on the streetscape as a series of school houses. These buildings house specific teaching spaces for their age category and would be occupied accordingly. Each house has its own library and resource spaces while the ground floor of each house would act as a shopfront to the street. These shops would be communal multi-use spaces in the house, where work could be exhibited and group activities could be made visible to the street, thus enriching the experience for all.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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architectural design london essex school house cultural anthro architecture ltd
architectural design london essex school house cultural anthro architecture ltd

School architectural design architects London Essex UK

Engaging with the Street

A walk along the street gives the passerby a snapshot of the different activities taking place in each house of the school. 

This idea also came out of a desire to embed the identity of the school within the area.

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Layered Plan

The layered plan moves from garden, to path, to court, to cloister, to alley, to yard, and can almost be seen as a microcosm of the wider Liberties Area. The school, designed as a campus, acts as a twenty-four hour resource for the community while also creating shortcuts and new routes, becoming a connecting element between Thomas Street and it’s back streets.

architectural design london essex school house cultural anthro architecture ltd
architectural design london essex school house cultural anthro architecture ltd

Anthro Architecture

Engaging the School with the Community

The vacant Georgian shops on the site are re-imagined as individual school houses with shop fronts to the street, re-engaging the school with the community and providing an alternative learning environment to the current Department of Education classroom. Strategic openings are carved out to provide connections between houses while retaining the ‘two-room- and-stairs’ character of the Georgian typology.

architectural design london essex school house cultural anthro architecture ltd

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Ownership, Community, Growing Up, Independence

The previous studies of the Department of Education requirements for national school design, show evidence of a system has perhaps become overly ‘nationalised and ‘standardised. In this sense, my desire was to create a Local school rather than a National School. The school houses would help students identify with the school and their progression through it as this organisational system refers to the processes of growing up, independence, ownership and community.

architectural design london essex school house cultural anthro architecture ltd
architectural design london essex school house cultural anthro architecture ltd

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Ideas Exhibition

Our ideas and physical models were exhibited as part of the annual Describing Architecture Exhibition in Dublin, 2013 (www.describingarchitecture.com).

Describing Architecture is an annual exhibition that seeks to reveal unseen aspects of architecture as a creative practice, alongside its relationship to the visual arts and the work of artists.