High Performance Music Space

Designed to create a new music performance and teaching space, the building was set to frame out the existing formal garden area and terrace on the front face of the main listed school building. The building position sits on the footprint of a historic and previously demolished conservatory and is linked through to the school via the orangery.

The creation of the building allowed the school to re-order its dining facilities and create extra space for eating as well as teaching. Designed in a modern aesthetic and deliberately kept simple and low so that it doesn't compete with the listed barn, orangery, dovecot and main school building, it offers views over to the tree line and new CDT building beyond.

The roof shape and glazed frontage were conceived to provide the best acoustic environment for both internal and external performance, with the front of the building being fully openable to enable a flexible use for the building during the summer months.

The building is designed to be highly sustainable with good levels of insulation, natural ventilation and a sedum roof to assist with ecology and water attenuation.

  • 'Green' roof
  • Opens to create stage setting
  • Shaped to enhance acoustics

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Project Architect

Dan Boucher

Partner in charge

Brian Donnelly

St Hugh's School, Music Room, Carswell, Oxfordshire

St Hugh's School

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