THE LITTLE HALL
Grand Feast Hall On A Humble Budget
“ “And everyday we will eat like kings.’ The cheering that followed this speech went on for many minutes. “ Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake.
Alongside PMR Architecture, De Rosee Sa have designed a new dining space and after-school club for Prestwood Infant School in Great Missenden.
Taking influence from Roald Dahl (who lived in the area for 36 years) the design concept is inspired by the Grand Feast Hall from the children’s book, Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Six timber-framed gable houses creates a multi-use dining hall and after-school club space. A brightly coloured timber facade wraps around the two main elevations to link the new hall back into the school setting, as the roofline of the existing school is echoed in the shape of the new facade. New windows at different heights offer glimpses into the Hall from the playground, on the interior creating seating ledges and shelves for the children and their work.
The materials and detailing are cost-effective and simple: insulation is on the underside of the structural slab so its top surface can be polished as a floor; the walls are clad in oiled birch-faced plywood. Behind the timber facade is a corrugated polycarbonate rainscreen over an insulated timber frame.
The little hall has been awarded two Regional RIBA Awards;
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The little hall has been selected as a Civic Trust Award Regional Finalist for 2017