Tate Harmer has won the competition to design a new teaching building and cricket pavilion at Cranleigh Preparatory school in Surrey
The practice has been appointed by design and build consultancy Blue Forest on the project, which will provide classrooms for science and technology and home economics for the independent boarding school.
Flexible interior spaces mean that classrooms overlooking the cricket pitch can house spectators on match days.
A statement from Tate Harmer said: ‘Internally, the new building will contain no corridors whatsoever, with direct access to the outside for every classroom.
‘Not only does this save on construction costs but it allows for easy natural ventilation and plenty of daylight, creating spaces that benefit the well-being of the occupiers.’
The timber building will sit on a base of bricks, and will have a vaulted roof with dual aspect windows.
It also includes an external cloister and a new ‘green’ front door for parents to drop off children.
Jerry Tate, partner at Tate Harmer, said: ‘Working on Passivhaus homes and buildings such as the Eden Project has given us an extensive knowledge of carefully inserting structures into some of the most sensitive natural settings.
‘We wanted this building to respond to the surrounding landscape and bring the students into closer contact with it.’
Cranleigh Preparatory School by Tate Harmer