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Evelyn Grace Academy

  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2006 – 2010
  • School trust ARK Education, Government DCSF
  • Built
  • 10745m2

An opportunity to broaden the educational diversity of this active and historic London area. Following the principle of ‘schools within schools’, the design generates natural patterns of division within highly functional spaces which give each of the four smaller schools a distinct identity, both internally and externally.

The Evelyn Grace Academy not only broadens the educational diversity of Brixton, but also augments the built environment in a predominantly residential area. The Academy presents itself as an open, transparent and welcoming addition to the community’s local urban regeneration process.

The strategic location of the site within two main residential arteries naturally causes the built form to be coherent and to assume a strong urban character and identity, legible to both local and neighbouring zones.

The Academy offers a learning environment that is spatially reassuring and able to engage students actively, creating an atmosphere for progressive teaching.

Its highly functional spaces present generous environments with maximum levels of natural light, ventilation and understated but durable textures. The communal spaces – shared by all the schools – encourage social communication with aggregation nodes that weave together the extensive accommodation schedule.

Similarly, in order to generate a setting that encourages interaction, the external shared spaces are layered to create informal social and teaching areas at various levels based on the convergence of multiple functions. The scheme provides an educational complex that is equally esteemed and cherished by the pupils and community.


Zaha Hadid Architects


Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Director

Lars Teichmann

Project Architect

Matthew Hardcastle

Project Team

Bidisha Sinha, Henning Hansen, Lisamarie Villegas Ambia, Enrico Kleinke, Judith Wahle, Christine Chow, Guy Taylor, Patrick Bedarf, Sang Hilliges, Hoda Nobakhti

Project Manager

Capita Symonds



Quantity Surveyors

Davis Langdon


Gross Max


Sandy Brown Associates



CDM Coordinator