Our longstanding friendship with Dollar Academy allowed us last week to visit and share in their excitement at the prospect of our Teaching Building opening to students for this coming intake.
The quiet pavilion building, nestled into the site at the foot of the Ochil Hills alongside the impressive principle school building (designed by William Henry Playfair), forms Dollar’s new ‘Teaching L’, becoming the link between the school’s existing academic and teaching properties.
Accommodating 10 new classrooms in a simple, elegant, glass and timber clad extruded volume, the building is expressed as a weighty, solid brick plinth below, and lighter glazed viewing pavilion floating above. Circulation through the building is orientated to the south, activating the more public external façade with wide corridors as viewing galleries out towards the striking grounds and hockey pitch.
Many thanks to David, and Justin for making us so welcome, and to project architect Marianne for organising a great trip. We hope Dollar’s pupils enjoy their new building as much as our team did on their visit.