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Music School, King’s College School Wimbledon

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Music School, King’s College School Wimbledon

Location: London
Architect: Hopkins Architects
Client: King’s College School Wimbledon
Structural engineer: Cundall
Timber contractor: Hess Timber
Main contractor: Interserve
Joinery: Input Joinery, Decor
Wood supplier: Brooks Brothers, Triesse Ltd
Wood species: American white oak, Douglas fir

This new state-of-the-art music school comprises a triple-height 200-seat auditorium, a double-height rehearsal space above classrooms, and a two-storey block housing practice and teaching rooms, offices, the Porters’ Lodge and the caretaker’s flat. The three carefully disposed buildings are linked by a single storey L-shaped foyer. The basement provides additional practice and ancillary space. The auditorium and rehearsal room roofs use an expressed high-tolerance diagrid structure, comprising a visible lamella of American white oak bonded to spruce glulam beams. Matching veneered solid/slotted triangular panels infill the diagrid and flitched oak ceiling structure. In the auditorium, a series of Douglas fir vertical bay windows provide lateral glimpses back to other buildings in the school. The main foyer features veneered ceiling panels and an oak boarded bar, doors and stairs. Elsewhere, timber framing abounds and rooms feature Douglas fir window reveals.