Our 25 year celebration, bathed in glorious winter sunshine, was full of good cheer. We hope our guests enjoyed themselves and to those of you who didn’t manage to get a burger, we will provide more next time we celebrate…… which will surely be sooner than 2039 !
We are having an open house in parallel with the Mill Road Winter Fair, on Saturday 6th December from 11am until 4pm to celebrate 25 years in business. Please join us for jazz, drinks, food and an exhibition of our work.
Here is a short clip of the central atrium at EF, taken with my shaky iPhone. Each classroom has a translucent screen that allows projected images to be seen in the classroom and the atrium simultaneously.
NRAP Architects are pleased to announce the completion of a multi-million pound highly innovative project to refurbish and extend EF Language School on Hills Road in Cambridge. Proposals were 5 years in the making and received planning permission last summer. Balfour Beatty, the main contractor, started construction last Autumn and completed the work in a little over 14 months.
The progressive design creates a relaxed and studious atmosphere. Twenty naturally lit and naturally ventilated classrooms are arranged on two levels around a series of linked communal spaces and a double height atrium. Translucent glass screens in place of white boards allow projected images to be simultaneously viewed in the classroom and the atrium space. North-facing roof lights within the extension provide a high level of natural lighting without generating glare or overheating. Floors have been removed within the retained building to create a dramatic triple-height space in the heart of the institution. Elsewhere floor levels have been adjusted to allow disabled access to every room. The relatively compact layout and deep plan creates an energy efficient envelope, enclosing well-lit and generous spaces. Sustainability measures also include an array of solar cells on the roof and high levels of insulation within the new extension.
This year NRAP Architects are celebrating 25 years in business. The completion of this building is certainly something for them to celebrate.
Nick Ray and Francisco Gonzalez have co-authored a critical study of Moneo’s career – not only his many built works but also his contribution to teaching and his writings. It is due to be published in June next year.
David Valinsky has added to the flurry of writing through his book on Edward Schröder Prior, to be published on 1st November 2014 and available from the RIBA bookshop.
Edward Schröder Prior is best known today as the designer behind some of the most inventive and uncompromising interpretations of Ruskinian craft architecture that the English Arts and Crafts Movement Produced. An Architect Speaks presents for the first time a collection of Prior’s writings, together with a much wider selection of his buildings than has ever before been published. The book reveals a much more complex output than might be assumed from Prior’s Arts and Crafts associations and explores his complimentary roles of architect, polemicist, historian and teacher.
The Cambridge Architectural Press have just published Nick Ray’s latest book that he co-authored with Christian Illies, which provides a brief introduction to philosophical ideas and how they intersect with architecture: its reception and appreciation as well as its practice.
The new school for EF in Hills Road should be opening its doors to students very soon.
The kitchen cabinets arrived from Italy a couple of weeks ago with instructions…. in Italian. Now installed they are looking pretty splendid. Italian’s not so difficult after all.
Also moving along well is the refurbishment and extension at Cavendish Avenue.