We are proposing to extend an existing shelter on the rooftop of Hanover school in London, with an ultra-modern lightweight steel and glass enclosure, which will give the school a large studio space for creative work, and create a new urban landmark at the head of City Road Canal Basin.
The extension will sit neatly on top of the existing steel frame of the school buildings, and provide around 100 square metres of additional teaching space, with fantastic views southwards over the City of London. The studio’s projecting roof shades its glass walls, and supports a giant sky sign reading HANOVER SCHOOL.
Careful consideration has been given to the flexible use of the space internally, for many different activities. Storage wall alcoves wrap around the small exiting windows to the back of the space, and allow for the quick stacking of tables and chairs, paper and paints, wet clay models and fragile paper constructions. Secure cupboards for the more dangerous equipment, loose photography and ITC equipment make life easy for teaching staff.
By opening large doors the room can be extended to the terraces on both sides for summer work, as well as making larger design projects be possible.