Great Barr School, Birmingham

In late 2004 Glazzard Architects were commissioned by Great Barr School to design a new music teaching department. The brief requirements included four large class bases with shared group practice and ensemble rooms together with recording/ music technology facilities for Advanced level students.

The design evolved as a natural extension to an original 1950’s teaching wing in order to complete and overlook an enclosed courtyard. Splayed walls, over-sailing roof planes and a limited palette of primary colours generate a warm, friendly architecture in a relatively mundane setting.

The original main entrance and reception to the school was bland and non-descript. An extension to the existing building was commissioned to create a warm, inviting entrance that was easily identifiable.

The curved timber external wall and overhanging roof lead you in to the entrance doors while providing shelter from the prevailing winds. Further curves internally provide a natural flow through the space with easy surveillance.