RIBA National Award win for Hackney New Primary School & 333 Kingsland Road
Hackney New Primary School & 333 Kingsland Road has been honoured with a RIBA National Award 2022 as "a conceptually rigorous and notable architectural response."
It was described by the judges as "an immense sculptural pink brute of a building, punctuating a busy junction on the Kingsland Road with a certain civic pride".
They went on to highlight its success in dealing with a challenging site, "with the elimination of internal corridors forming an inner world of a closely-knit courtyard and classrooms. It is clear the architects have had to be inventive to deliver the required light and ventilation on this restricted school site."
"The grateful residents of the apartment building appear to be thoroughly enjoying the penthouse qualities" of 333 Kinglsand Road "and the very generous outside spaces sheltered by the robust, uncomplicated concrete logia structure that defines the building’s external appearance."
The facade was described as being "of delightful high-quality, with a solid street presence. The apartment building touches the pavement in a well-mannered way, with a welcoming colonnade giving space back to the public realm and a sense of place to the shop unit fronts."
The role of the project as a piece of social infrastructure was also highlighted: "...the long precast concrete bench backing onto the simply articulated blind façade of the school hall has been thoughtfully provided for waiting parents beside the school gates."
For more information and the full citation, please visit the RIBA Awards website.