All Saints' Academy by
Nicholas Hare Architects

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All Saints' Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects

A shiny copper chapel hovers above the entrance to this Catholic school in Gloucestershire, England, by London studio Nicholas Hare Architects.

All Saints' Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects

The academy accommodates a secondary school and a sixth form college, both accessed through a curved atrium with a three-storey-high glazed facade.

All Saints' Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects

A winding staircase connects the ground floor reception with two overlooking galleries, which stretch along the length of the atrium and lead to classrooms in three branching wings.

All Saints' Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects

Each floor features walls painted in a different colour to help students and visitors get to know their way around.

All Saints' Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects

Academies are a new kind of state-maintained but independently-run school in the UK - check out the Zaha Hadid-designed academy in south London that won the Stirling Prize last year.

All Saints' Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects

Photography is by Hufton + Crow.

All Saints' Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects

Here's some more information from Nicholas Hare Architects:


All Saints' Academy is a church school for the community. The academy is sponsored by the Clifton RC Diocese and the Gloucester C of E Diocese. It provides secondary education for 900 pupils and 250 sixth formers.

All Saints' Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects

The heart of the new building is its entrance atrium. The glazed atrium forms a focus for community activity. Its vibrant space is dominated by a sculptural stair which links the curved galleries at each level.

All Saints' Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects

The copper-clad form of the chapel stands at one end, above the entrance.

All Saints' Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects

The learning resource centre, assembly hall and dining area are all reached directly from the atrium.

All Saints' Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects

The galleries lead to three radiating learning wings providing most of the classroom accommodation.

All Saints' Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects

Staff spaces are placed along the galleries so that they form a threshold to the more private learning wings.

All Saints' Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects

At ground level large windows provide views into the wings of display areas for the celebration of students’ work.

All Saints' Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects

Externally, the areas around the building provide many opportunities that encourage outdoor learning.

All Saints' Academy by Nicholas Hare Architects

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  • nitchy14

    Amazing building. I like the natural light, the stairs and the color inside.

  • http://twitter.com/sugaflowa @sugaflowa

    wow i wish the school i worked in looked like that

  • edward

    No denying the architectural brilliance here: but for a state funded school for a religious denomination? Hunstanton Secondary school would be more appropriate.

  • ept

    I would have enjoyed going to school here! Love the small pod piercing through the roof ( I wonder what room goes in here?) and also the internal copper 'egg'….

  • xtiaan

    the copper cladding is amazing, but the exterior of the building looks like a fire station or airport hangar or something, and not in a good way, and theres too much going on in the interior.

  • http://www.saimanmiah.com Saiman

    Very nice lines and great light. The Victorian schools I went to seem so distant now.

  • Mrgauthier

    England still build Catholic schools in 2012? You learn every day.

    Is it just me or does it look too clean and clear to be a fun school?