King Solomon Academy

King Solomon Academy: Classroom 02In May 2005 the charity ARK Schools invited Ian Ritchie Architects to design one of a network of inner city schools that it is realising under the Government’s Academy Programme.

The initial commission was a Feasibility Study of two sites; one for an infant school, the other for expanding a secondary school; and a further Feasibility Study of combining both schools on the secondary school site.

The Academy provides education for 900 children in the City of Westminster, specialising in Music and Mathematics. The Academy operates an extended school policy engaging with the local community. The ARK education philosophy includes the notion of autonomous “schools within schools”, each with their own identity and dedicated facilities. The Academy is to be divided into 4 class age groups: the reception and primary school children of ages 3 to 7 years (infants) and three class age groups of 8 to 18 years.

The secondary school works included the full refurbishment and minor spatial adaptation of the existing Grade II* secondary school completed in 1960. This original school was designed by Leonard Manasseh and is an exemplary, bold and well considered example of secondary schools in Britain. The two new buildings provide teaching spaces for the new primary school, specialist music and drama rooms, and a dedicated sports facility. The folded zinc and aluminium cladding of the new buildings responds to the proportions and rhythm of the existing building.

The project was completed in November 2009.

King Solomon Academy: Panoramic

King Solomon Academy

Panoramic

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King Solomon Academy: Teaching buildings in snow

King Solomon Academy

Teaching buildings in snow

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King Solomon Academy: View from outside school boundaries

King Solomon Academy

View from outside school boundaries

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King Solomon Academy: Assembley Hall

King Solomon Academy

Assembley Hall

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King Solomon Academy: Assembley Hall

King Solomon Academy

Assembley Hall

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King Solomon Academy: Sports Hall

King Solomon Academy

Sports Hall

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King Solomon Academy: Sports Hall

King Solomon Academy

Sports Hall

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King Solomon Academy: 6th form centre

King Solomon Academy

6th form centre

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King Solomon Academy: Refurbished teaching block from covered area of the sports building

King Solomon Academy

Refurbished teaching block from covered area of the sports building

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King Solomon Academy: Sports building

King Solomon Academy

Sports building

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King Solomon Academy: Classroom 01

King Solomon Academy

Classroom 01

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King Solomon Academy: Cladding

King Solomon Academy

Cladding

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King Solomon Academy: Nursery and primary school entrance

King Solomon Academy

Nursery and primary school entrance

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King Solomon Academy: Model

King Solomon Academy

Model

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King Solomon Academy: Limpet

King Solomon Academy

Limpet

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King Solomon Academy: Layout sketch

King Solomon Academy

Layout sketch

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King Solomon Academy: Section sketch

King Solomon Academy

Section sketch

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King Solomon Academy: Classroom 03

King Solomon Academy

Classroom 03

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