This project questions the role of schools in the city and proposes an ‘open’ school that provides accessible surplus infrastructure for use by the wider community. It is cross-funded by the co-location of housing and a secondary school, which provides richness to the learning experience and the city through overlaying and negotiating between the new educational, residential and existing commercial activity on site.
Instead of being conceived as a building, the school is designed as a masterplan in an area undergoing densification, using child-friendly design principles.
The school manages several thresholds to connect with existing resources along the high street, to existing industry, to the proposed car-free school street and to provide generosity through shared space to the housing. From the scale of the masterplan to the doorstep, the thresholds between users are designed for intergenerational connection to build-in safeguarding and communality.
Ponders End, Enfield