Who is Evelyn Grace? Actually I have no idea, not even the wikipedia knows. What I do know however is that Evelyn Grace Academy is a new school, built in a relatively deprived area of inner-London (Brixton to be precise) with a large and historically under-achieving black and other ethnic minority population.
Why is it on my radar? The building happens to up for this years Stirling Prize for Architecture.
Designed by British architect Zaha Hadid its a sweeping ‘Z’ shaped structure with masses of glass and steel and natural light. It is an aspirational building designed inspire aspiration in an often over-looked group.
The sweeping curves and angles really do it for me, and I wish I went to that school!! Take some time to bask in the glory of it….
Whats the lesson here? I think its treat kids with enough respect to provide them with decent surrounds and environs and they’ll develop a sense of pride in their school and vicariously in themselves. Hopefully.