The Longford Community School was designed by Jonathan Clark Architects is the library and learning centre gives colourful statement to tires 60′s school in London, United Kingdom. The two storey extension and partial conversion of an existing two-storey building constructed in 1960 at Longford Community School in Feltham, near Heathrow has just completed. A 200 sq m expressed structurally supported extension of the timber over a total area of 550 square feet of existing space has been converted to house two new classrooms and a health fitness at ground level with a library / learning center on the first floor.
The challenge here is how to extend a successful brick very dull and lifeless, built by education category. Jonathan Clark Architects has chosen to build a vibrating structure in colored wood that straddles the end of the block almost as a kind of articulated three-dimensional layers of book-ends. The objective was to design something visually and aesthetically interesting to note that as students and school personnel can enjoy and feel inspired by. It was the wish of the client key materials selected for the extension must be obtained in an environmentally responsible, where the use of wood for the structure.
The architects used color tailored fins tinted laminated wood Finnish ‘(‘ Finnforest Merk Kerto System Q) that support both the structure at first floor and roof. Unusually for this material, the structure is completely outside and exposed to the elements and after much research has been impregnated under pressure so that it can play in these conditions and gives a proper life (30 years) for the education building. Jonathan Clark Architects think this is the first time (in this country) and bare (ie uncoated over) laminate wood has been used to support a building outside. Between each end of the aluminum grating panels that provide more solar control, together with some structural stiffening to the external structure. The roof structure is clad in wood panels in silver “Trespa” and is designed to give the impression of floating / sliding roof exposed wooden beams.