Da Vinci Studio, Stevenage Completes
The Scott Brownrigg designed Da Vinci Studio School of Science and Engineering in Stevenage, part of North Hertfordshire College has completed.
Studio Schools are a new model of learning for students aged 14-19 years, providing a pioneering approach that combines enterprise learning and real work, to offer an alternative to traditional classroom based learning.
The 1,800 sq m Studio School, Stevenage is currently one of the largest in the UK. The new building is physically linked to the College’s existing Stevenage Campus, enabling it to benefit from the campus’s existing further education facilities. The classrooms and ancillary services are connected to the College by a fully glazed link, which brings natural light into the heart of the building and creates a well-lit centrally located break-out space. The ‘timber box’ contains the key teaching spaces and provides an independent entrance for the Studio School.
The materials palette complements those used in the existing college building. The façades use vertically positioned timber, which vary in width to add texture and character to the building and further enhance the distinction between School and College. This solid building form sits atop a glazed box, which when lit, gives the building an impressive presence on site.
The way-finding and interior design has been considered as part of the Da Vinci branding, and in collaboration with both students and staff, with bright colours used to differentiate each floor level, and a simple ‘big and bold’ numbering system used to identify rooms.
The school is the first of four projects being designed and delivered for North Hertfordshire College as part of a strategic property masterplan which has been created by Scott Brownrigg. The practice is also redeveloping the Colleges’ Hitchin Campus to incorporate a new entrance and internal “hub” space, uniting the existing teaching accommodation blocks to create a single coherent campus. The practice is also designing a Da Vinci Studio School for Creative Enterprise at the College’s Letchworth site, which together with a Centre for the Arts will provide the College with a new Creative Arts Campus and form a new community focus for Letchworth Garden City.