Great Britain/ London
Nicky’s School – Children with Special Needs
The architectural philosophy behind Nickys is to create a bespoke design for the sensitivities of ASD people. All rooms and spaces in the Saint Nicholas Academy (Nicky’s) are designed from a panoramic perspective. A pre requisite of the design is that there are to be no right angles or corners in the design (proven to be jarring to young ASD people) and the panoramic perspective delivers an open plan eyeline with no pockets to distract and agitate those living with the structure. This at liberty eyeline is not restricted to the inside but with the glacial aspect of the structures, skin both interior and exterior environments melange into one co-existing habitat. Although consciously, this eyeline acts as a security measure for staff, sub consciously it is also aesthetically calming and emotionally re-assuring for the students.
To support the overall development of the pupils, the building will accommodate a 25m-size swimming pool with adjacent therapy areas.
Client: The Saint Nicholas Academy for Autism Trust