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Evelyn Grace Academy

Komfort’s PolarTec specified in RIBA Stirling Prize Winning Building 2011

Zaha Hadid Architects won the RIBA Stirling Prize for best building of the year in 2010 for the MAXXI Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome, and this year for the Evelyn Grace Academy in London.

Komfort’s PolarTec system was selected for the academy’s drive for excellence. PolarTec was specified by Bamber and Reddan Architects to ensure the building was light and fresh. Its outstanding sound insulation, acoustic properties and crowd pressure credentials were considerations in the selection. The flexibility of PolarTec allowed for the partitioning to produce angles at ceiling height which replicated the geometric shapes of the building’s exterior.  Komfort also supplied full height solid doors with vision panels.

Large spaces were designed in such a way to maximise natural light and ventilation. This type of learning environment is spatially reassuring and therefore acts to actively engage the students. The communal zones that are shared by all four schools were designed to encourage communication and eradicate any problematic areas that may require supervision.