Wycombe Abbey School – Science Building
New Science & Teaching Facility at Wycombe Abbey School, Buckinghamshire.
The site is defined by the school chapel, a two storey classroom block and large plane trees. The brief was to provide: six general classrooms, three smaller seminar rooms, staff/study administration areas, and an extension to the science wing that did not dominate the existing buildings.
Using shallow sloping stainless steel and lead roofs the height of the building was maintained at a low level. The large overhangs provide an interesting roofline and gives greater protection from the weather. Natural stack ventilation in the form of chimneys is used to provide passive cooling. The chimney vents modulate the roofline and reflect similar details in the older historic buildings.
Materials are generally in keeping with the original buildings. The design successfully blends in with the existing, but it is clearly a building of its time.
Wycombe Abbey School