Phoenix is a 1FE primary school design that integrates community resources with an innovative contemporary design. The forward-looking scheme explores modern educational ideas through an exciting architectural solution.
The building protectively embraces its entrance, forming an external communal courtyard for waiting parents. Accessed directly from this transitional space is the school’s library, enabling the courtyard to act as a reading space on warmer days. Also spinning off this central hub is the childrens' centre, a flexible function space intended for use by both the school and the local community.
Light filters from the glazed courtyard through to the main circulation space which stems from the design’s pastoral and communal ‘bud’. This stem links the school’s six naturally lit and ventilated classrooms, each of graduates from the introversion of the teacher’s pod to the extroversion of the external teaching space. The design’s foundation room is at the building’s most protected location, and opens to an external secure play area. Opposite this lies the communal teaching and shared resource spaces, along with ICT resources and SEN facilities.