Andrew Gollifer BA Hons MA RIBA Andy studied architecture at Bristol University and the Royal College of Art. He established the practice in 1994, as Gollifer Associates Architects, developing a diverse portfolio of arts, media, public and commercial projects - National Glass Centre, New Islington Bridge and Highcross Development. Andy is a visiting lecturer and critic at several UK architectural schools.
Mark Langston BA Hons Dip Arch Mark studied architecture at Leeds Polytechnic and Edinburgh College of Art. He joined the practice in 1994 becoming partner and then co-director of Gollifer Langston Architects in 2002. With a longstanding interest in education Mark has developed a wide range of projects in this sector - Classroom of the Future and Broadwater Farm Inclusive Learning Campus. Mark is a visiting critic at Liverpool University.
As a culture we can find it easy to separate ourselves and create barriers. Developing buildings that encourage use and promote interaction is vital. We are interested in creating buildings and spaces that communicate directly, that engage their users and the wider public, revealing and extending the dialogue that is central to design.
We focus on placemaking, using the unique context of a project to help determine an appropriate response.
Our aim is for buildings that are particular, rooted in a locale, designed to communicate in an open and straightforward way, having a positive and lasting influence on their surroundings.
Buildings are designed with the capacity to evolve and the flexibility to accommodate change in response to current and future user’s needs as well as their local communities and wider social change.
Based in Soho, central London and established in 1994, GLA are led by joint directors, Andy Gollifer and Mark Langston.
The studio designs buildings which are coherent, sustainable, versatile, purposeful and with a strong sense of belonging to their location - their genius loci. We work throughout the UK, with a strong emphasis in tackling challenging inner city sites and on projects ranging from £500,000 to £30m.
PROJECT: £14M NEW BUILDING
SIZE: 4923 sqm
CONTRACT: DESIGN & BUILD CONTRACT
CLIENT: LONDON BOROUGH OF HACKNEY
LOCATION: HACKNEY, LONDON
Winner of RIBA London Award 2014
Winner Hackney Design Award 2014
-The Garden School is a new £14m building serving 150 pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) at the extreme end of the Autistic Spectrum, built as part of Hackney’s Building Schools for the Future programme.
It sits on a restricted urban site surrounded by two storey Edwardian terraces in Hackney, with two street elevations.
The building is a zig-zagging structure which describes two play spaces. White brickwork and glazed curtain walling are the main materials which contribute to the sense of calm and light in the building.
With its limited street frontages and staggered form, New Horizon will be only visible in parts - and that suits its users who will encounter the building in stages, starting with the perforated facade on Wordsworth Road, then zig-zagging through the long site.
The zig-zag responds to the proximity of neighbouring buildings and also creates the two outside courts which serve in one case Primary aged pupils and the other Secondary.
White brick and white perforated metal are the main materials of a building which aims to make a calm, well lit and naturally ventilated environment with strong connections between inside and out.