TREE OF KNOWLEDGE

TREE OF KNOWLEDGE

DAME BRADBURY'S SCHOOL, SAFRON WALDEN
Start: April 2014. Completion: Sept 2014. Contract Value £70k. Contract Type: Internal remodelling


Dame Bradbury's school, Saffron Walden, is part of the Stephen Perse Foundation. Following previous work for the Foundation, Chadwick Dryer Clarke was appointed to design a relocation of the school's library into an existing Edwardian caretaker's house. This was an opportunity to re-imagine the learning possibilities and the wider role of the library within the school. The existing library had for many years contained a small 'Tree of Knowledge' which had been made by previous pupils of the school. The current pupils wished to continue this concept into the new library, and as such a multi-functional tree was proposed as a new centre-piece. The tree is formed from lacquered mdf and steel, and forms seating for reading or story-telling. The tree has integrated IT, can play audio recordings, and has a central LED-lit snug within the trunk. Knitted within the roots of the tree are book shelves, and acoustic panels form leaves.

Photographs by Daniel Shearing

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concept axonometric

Construction photographs. The detail design and development in association with Trojanwood joinery

site response

development sketch

concept section

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