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paris law college

islington school of arts and media

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architect: reenie (karin) elliott and francois girardin
building type+location: school of arts and media, islington, london
invisible elements: social problems, vandalism, truancy, poor image, and a political opportunity to turn these around. tagged as a ‘failing school’, the client sought to revitalise the image and effectiveness of the school by specialising in arts and media, thus building on current strengths. the project proposes a series of social spaces at ground level, such as café, sports, music, art, and workshops. these activities (formerly tucked away in invisible areas of the school) would reinvigorate the ground level landscape by making participation visible and motivating.
client: islington council

competition date: 1998