ORMS has released these images of a new teaching facility at University College School in Hampstead, north London. The £4.5 million modern-languages and art, design and technology building will provide classrooms, workshops and studios on a sloping site to the north of the campus. The scheme comprises two blocks linked by a terrace on the first floor and a bridge on the second floor. These two blocks have been designed to complement the adjacent 1906 buildings 'without resorting to historical pastiche'. Both the three-storey art, design and technology building and the two-storey modern languages block are to be built in clay brick to provide 'strong design references to the surrounding listed buildings'. According to the practice, 'energysaving principles are embedded in the design' of the new buildings, including high building mass, opening vents under concrete slabs for night cooling, and 'light shelves' to increase sunlight. The scheme is part of ORMS' overall masterplan for the school campus.
Work has begun on site and is expected to be completed by the start of the 2007-08 academic year.