Foster + Partners Langley Academy Opens

16 November 2009 (Last Updated November 16th, 2009 18:30)

The new Langley Academy, designed by UK architecture firm, Foster + Partners, has been officially opened in Berkshire, England. The three-storey school features a full-height atrium and the assembly space can accommodate 1,100 students. The learning academy curriculum focuses

The new Langley Academy, designed by UK architecture firm, Foster + Partners, has been officially opened in Berkshire, England.

The three-storey school features a full-height atrium and the assembly space can accommodate 1,100 students.

The learning academy curriculum focuses on museum learning and also includes rowing and cricket.

The academy's design involves a theme of transparency around the museum and galleries.

The atrium's interior has three yellow drums placed above the floor on circular columns, which house ten science laboratories.

A sports and culture block is equipped with a theatre, TV and sound recording studio and has soundproof practice rooms, rehearsal space, a sports hall and a lecture theatre, while two lined pathways from the atrium lead to 38 classrooms.

The academy's sustainability features reduce water consumption by 20% and save approximately 150t of CO2 annually, with solar collectors placed on the roof generating energy for the building.

Collection of rain water is done and grey water is reused in sanitation and irrigation, while horizontal louvres offer shade.

Foster + Partners teamed up with engineering consultancy Buro Happold to work on the design.