New Ideas for Old Buildings: Darroch

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James Gillespie’s High School is being replaced as part of the Schools for the Future programme. During the construction phase, 600 senior pupils are being decanted to Darroch, a Victorian C-listed building. Working with A+DS, a new learning space will be created with new interior designs piloted.

Text of New Ideas for Old Buildings: Darroch

  • knossos games : tim boesterisometric graph paper 18 pt. = .25 inch = 6.35 mm

  • knossos games : tim boesterisometric graph paper 18 pt. = .25 inch = 6.35 mm

    James Gillespies at Darroch

  • knossos games : tim boesterisometric graph paper 18 pt. = .25 inch = 6.35 mm

    James Gillespies at Darroch

  • knossos games : tim boesterisometric graph paper 18 pt. = .25 inch = 6.35 mm

    Context

    The City of Edinburgh Council are replacing James Gillespies High School as part of Scotlands Schools for the Future programme. During the construction phase of the new high school 600 senior students will decant to Darroch.

  • knossos games : tim boesterisometric graph paper 18 pt. = .25 inch = 6.35 mm

  • knossos games : tim boesterisometric graph paper 18 pt. = .25 inch = 6.35 mm

    Darroch is a Victorian C listed school building which will be refurbished to deliver the Curriculum for Excellence for the decanted pupils.

    Second year students from James Gillespies High School have been participating in workshops to design the space.

    So far they have created a brief 1 for the space and interrogated a number of potential settings 2 that could be be included.

  • knossos games : tim boesterisometric graph paper 18 pt. = .25 inch = 6.35 mm

    Further participation will take place over the next few months with staff and students across the school. This will inform the final visual brief.

    Interventions are intended for the mezzanine area on the first floor, creating new settings for learning. The intention is for this work to inform the solutions for the new building and also for trials during the decant.

    Lessons learnt from this project inform the design of the new James Gillespies High School and its internal spaces & settings. It also illustrates the possibilities for interventions in existing buildings for the wider school estate in Scotland.

  • knossos games : tim boesterisometric graph paper 18 pt. = .25 inch = 6.35 mm

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    l Brief

  • knossos games : tim boesterisometric graph paper 18 pt. = .25 inch = 6.35 mm

    1Student BriefWe want social space. Places to talk, eat and

    sit together. Somewhere to hang out at breaks.

    A warm place to go when its raining in winter.

    Maybe a games room. Peer presentation areas, lockers, touchdown,

    display space for artwork, noticeboards, a

    Jacuzzi and maybe some pet goats.

    Calm places. To study and do homework in private

    booths. A reading corner. Comfy chairs and

    beanbags. We want a tuck shop filled with snacks

    drinks and school stationary supplies. Vending

    machines, water fountains and a mini kitchen for

    student use.Computer areas to do homework with high-end

    machines for programming. Wi-fi everywhere.Workshop Output Brief

    Workshop 2K1 students 18 January 2012

  • MezzanineOption 1

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  • 2MezzanineOption 2

  • 2MezzanineAlternative Settings

  • 2SettingsGroup Study

  • 2SettingsGroup Study

  • 2SettingsPaired Study

  • 2SettingsProject Work

  • 2SettingsBeanBags

  • 2SettingsGroup Study 4

  • 2SettingsGroup Study 1

  • 2SettingsGroup Study 2

  • 2SettingsGroup Study 3

  • 2SettingsIndividual Study 1

  • 2SettingsIndividual Study 2

  • 2SettingsPresentation

  • 2SettingsProject Tables 1

  • 2SettingsTouchdown 2

  • 2SettingsTouchdown 1

  • 2SettingsProjectTables 2

  • 2SettingsGroupStudy 5