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First Prize | DoCoMoMo Central Bank Competition 2013

The Central Bank site offers an opportunity to make a new kind of school for an open urban society. The existing steps and entrance are removed and large voids are cut in the urban floor to open up the basement below. A new roof spans across the site, forming a light-filled cover to the main public spaces of the school, with a generous entrance at street level. These spaces invite the city in and offer facilities that can be shared by all the citizens. The classrooms and teaching spaces are accommodated in the upper levels of the existing building. The envelope is altered on these floors to make gardens and voids, creating spaces that feel connected to the life of the city below.

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