The Da Vinci Building


Highcliffe School


Christchurch, Dorset


New technology teaching block

The Da Vinci Centre is a new design and technology centre at Highcliffe School for children aged 11-18 years old. The new design and technology centre consists of 14 main teaching areas arranged in two wings accessed off a large central lobby/ display area.

The design brief was to create a stimulating environment for the students, befitting a design centre that will also compliment the adjacent existing 1960’s buildings.

Prior to design, BoonBrown carried out a complete analysis of all the teaching spaces against the curriculum and highlighted the need for an additional 20 classroom humanities block, which was added onto the phased master plan.

The building form was kept simple using quality materials which sit sympathetically within the landscape. This created a comforting yet inspiring environment for students studying at the centre.