Evelyn Grace Academy Wins Stirling Prize

3 October 2011

The Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, south London, has won the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize.

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and project managed by Capita Symonds on behalf of client ARK Schools, the Academy presents itself as an open, transparent and welcoming addition to the community’s local urban regeneration process.

Designed for 1200 pupils, the Evelyn Grace Academy maintains the educational principle of smaller ‘schools-within-schools’; with Evelyn and Grace Middle Schools each housing 270 pupils and Evelyn and Grace Upper Schools housing 330 pupils per school. Each of these four smaller schools are contained within highly functional spaces that give a distinct identity both internally and externally.

These spaces present generous environments with maximum levels of natural light, ventilation and understated but durable textures. The collective spaces – shared by all schools – are planned to encourage social communication within each school and eliminate problematic zones that require supervision.