On Sunday 12th September 2021, 1-5pm, Eleanor Palmer Primary School Science Lab will open to the public as part of Open House. The design of the Lab is an example of AY Architects’ philosophy of a holistic approach to passive environmental design and designing for well-being for schools. It illustrates how architecture can help to reduce the reliance on energy-consuming equipment. As an integrated passive design approach, the servicing of the building is kept very simple and environmental control is provided within the building fabric, by the use of façade and roof openings and the use of natural light and air. The objective is to create a healthy and comfortable environment, easy to control, where environmental factors generate a meaningful part of the architecture. For more information and to book a tour by the architects, please access this link.
Yeoryia’s project ‘Open Scoring in Architecture’ has been shortlisted for a RIBA President’s Award for Research 2020 in the Design & Technical Category. These awards celebrate the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment in the world. Yeoryia’s project takes as a starting point the experimental workshop LATTICE that she run at UQAM in Montreal in 2017, exploring the possibilities that emerge within a group of designers who welcome plurality and performance in their practice via the use of an architectural score. One of the advantages of open scoring in architecture is the way in which it encourages both autonomy and collaboration, increasing the range of ideas, experiences and opportunities available to designers. As an architectural method, it grounds design on a condition of social experience and shared authorship. By foregrounding the process rather than the outcome in architectural design; by opening up this process to a social embodiment of time between actors, materials and tools; and by deliberately acknowledging its production within a collective, open scoring in architecture has the capacity to fundamentally change the ways in which architecture is taught and practiced as a social activity and understood as a social artefact.
The 2020 RIBA Silver Medal (for the best design project produced at RIBA Part 2) was awarded to Anthony’s student Robert Beeny for his Devil’s Valley Geothermal Co-operative. This project is situated in an area of Tuscany, the Devil’s Valley, which has become known for its production of renewable and geothermal energy over the past century. To protect the livelihood of local communities relying on that energy source, Robert proposes a new rural self-build development, powered by a geothermal well, with a pipeline and manufacturing spaces cascading down the valley landscape. Robert was taught by Anthony Boulanger along with Callum Perry and Stuart Piercy at DS16 at the University of Westminster.
Yeoryia has published a chapter in Arts & Dementia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (De Gruyeter, 2021), a book edited by Ruth Mateus-Berr and L. Vanessa Gruber. Her chapter, titled ‘Performing the Architectural Plan’, examines the neurobiological perspectives of allocentric and egocentric spatial referencing, how they interplay in the human brain, and how their function changes during Alzheimer’s disease. It discusses a collaborative mode of drawing that reconsiders the gap between representation and occupation, incorporating in the architectural plan ‘lines of inhabitation’.
We have recently completed a major extension and remodelling of the Main Building for Camden School for Girls. The intervention includes an entirely new entrance building, a gallery area, a dinning hall, a staff area and associated landscaping. The project adds to the School’s identity, providing significant improvements in terms of operations, security and quality of experience.
We have recently completed an extension and remodelling of the Sixth Form Building for Camden School for Girls. We have improved spaces in the existing building and added a two story extension to accommodate a new common area, a quiet study room, and a new classroom. This is one of two building projects that AY Architects have recently realised for Camden School for Girls.
Eleanor Palmer Science Lab has been Highly Commended in Wood Awards 2019 in the ‘Education and Public Sector’ category. The jury who visited the building commended the design of its wooden primary and secondary structures, internal linings and built-in furniture, and how all these elements make a children’s ‘haven’ in a challenging site next to a busy road.
Eleanor Palmer Science Lab is shortlisted for a Wood Award 2019. ‘The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture…. The Awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood’. The Winners will be announced in November 2019.
Eleanor Palmer Science Lab, built for Eleanor Palmer Primary School in Camden, has won a RIBA National Award. It is one out of only five school buildings awarded a National RIBA Award and the only state school building in the country that has won it. The RIBA National Awards ‘are given to buildings across the UK recognised as significant contributions to architecture’. A list of the winners with jury quotations can be found here.
Eleanor Palmer Science Lab, built for Eleanor Palmer Primary School in Camden, has won a RIBA London Award. This is a model building for flexible and adaptable STEM/STEAM teaching for young children. The RIBA jury noted: ‘this small wooden structure answers its programmatic and architectural brief with aplomb… An empathetic client/architect relationship has resulted in the creation of a delightful, multi layered, beguilingly fresh new building typology for primary school children to engage their curiosity and enjoyment of the sciences. An excellent example of simple, thoughtful passive environmental design and a notable achievement for everyone involved.’ For their full quotation, please access the RIBA webpage.