The proposed location for a series of new buildings incorporating estates management, design technology and a new sports centre is located to the far southern edge of the School estate. Currently this site is physically and emotionally disconnected from the original School court buildings and their traditional quad architecture. Our proposal extends the main pedestrian route past the original boundary at the Giorgio Ridding Gate to a new quad complex, The Southern Courts, which incorporate the different areas of programme.
The main approach to the new buildings reinterprets the original Roman way into the site and the main volumes; sports hall, swimming pool, racquet courts are defined as quads that the building users circulate around or through.
This creates a deliberate rhythm of movement from light to shade and compression between wide and narrow spaces. The spaces in-between connect the functions, creating opportunities to experience the energy of sport and its interactions.
The building reflects the formal frontages of Winchester College with dressed stone to the entrance areas and a layered mix of brick and flint to reinforce the links between the Southern Court functions.