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Bryanston School Music Room

location: Bryanston School, Dorset

year: 1998

client: Bryanston School

design: Richard Horden Associates

This is an extension to the Girls’ House at Bryanston Boarding School sponsored by a pupil’s family. The new music room was recessed into the chalk hillside so the building could look out over its own sheltered courtyard, protected from the strong westerly winds – a warm and welcoming space in a bleak landscape. Roof beams and the courtyard wall extend into and over the landscape, with openings in the roof letting sky through and ‘lightening’ the structure, helping to generate the impression the roof is ‘floating’ between earth and sky.