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Thomas Deacon Academy, Peterborough
Thomas Deacon Trust
Foster & Partners
Clive Fussell (Buro Happold)
To describe this building as "three layers of undulating ribboned classrooms enclosing a central courtyard underneath dramatic light diffused roof" is true but utterly fails to describe how this enormous 2000 student school has been designed around one space and at a human scale.
Naturally lit, largely naturally ventilated, dramatic, exciting, and easy to use and a pleasure to be in, this building is a beacon for secondary education design.
More an internal village than a school building, the six colleges formed by the V shaped floor plates revolves around the communication space at the heart of the building.