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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Bryanston New Music School in Dorset, UK by Hopkins Architects

July 12th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Hopkins Architects

We were commissioned to design a music building for Bryanston School following the completion of the Sanger Building for Science and Mathematics.

Music section

  • Architects: Hopkins Architects
  • Project: Bryanston New Music School
  • Location: Dorset, UK
  • Value: £6m
  • Size: 2,500m2
  • Client: Bryanston School


The building features a 300-seat auditorium along with rehearsal, practice and teaching spaces. Our proposal responds to the richly varying context, which includes the Grade I listed Norman Shaw house to the west, and Beech Wood to the south, by arranging a series of linked buildings around a central open courtyard, with each of the roofs sloping in towards the courtyard.


The main entrance to the building provides access directly off the upper plateau into a triple height space which allows views to the wood beyond.

The significant level change across the site is taken advantage of by situating the modern music department in a semi-basement area with an open side onto the courtyard. Above this sit two wings of accommodation containing practice and teaching spaces, general teaching classrooms and administration. The main recital hall has a fan shaped plan and dramatic roof form facing back towards Coade Hall.

The proposal also enhances circulation around the site, with a new external space adjacent to Coade Hall and improved connectivity to the existing school refectory.

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