Fine Art & Photography Department, Franklin College

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Fine Art & Photography Department, Franklin College

SECTOR: Education – CONTRACT VALUE: £1,000,000.00 – DATE COMPLETED: February 2007

AWARDS: RIBA White Rose Award Winner 2007

This is a simple scheme positioned to the rear of the college campus. The scheme comprises of two main elements, one aligned with the existing hedge and the other with neighbouring college buildings.They are cedar clad boxes with masonry walls internally,  large glazed openings, solar shading and terraces to the west. These two components are linked by the third element, an elevated, wedge-shaped roof cantilevered over a glazed lobby, forming the facility’s main entrance and exhibition space and further enforcing an existing route between the buildings to the playing field beyond. By splitting the scheme in two, we have reduced the amount of ‘corridor’ space required, whilst retaining potential for first floor expansion space above the photography suite.

The Fine Art element is north lit and ‘book-ends’ the scheme with a raised parapet wall. Thermal performance internally is optimised by employing an efficient underfloor heating system coupled with a high level of insulation and  thermal mass offered by masonry walls and a concrete floor. The building is naturally ventilated with cooler fresh air enter the building via low level opening windows and high level opening rooflights with the circulation space to exhaust stale air.

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