The refurbishment of this large comprehensive school in Dulwich was completed over a period of five years and 30 phases of work. We participated with the design team, pupils and staff at the school, together with the local community, to develop the brief.
A key element of the project was the colonisation of the existing courtyard to provide circulation, an assembly area, a dining hall and an auditorium beneath a variable opacity inflated ETFE (ethyltetrafluoroethylene) roof.
Client: London Borough of Southwark
Architects: dRMM
Project Value: £24M
Winner: 2004 Wood Awards
Winner: M41 Demonstration Award 2004
Winner: Royal Fine Art Commission Inspiring Through Architecture 2005
Winner: Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year Awards 2006
Shortlisted: Miles van der Rohe Awards 2005

The 300-seat auditorium superstructure comprises a geodesic shell made from 150mm diameter larch poles with bespoke aluminium and steel nodes. The shell is supported on a steel chassis with precast concrete seating. The main school library occupies the space beneath the seating.

Kingsdale auditorium
Kingsdale auditorium construction

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