R-LA were commissioned to propose a design for the main courtyard at Putney High School, fronting their new Performing Arts Centre.

The proposed space responds to the geometries of the site and creates an informal link between the existing main school premises and the new performance building. A low level amphitheatre links the buildings to the existing stage area and creates an active contemporary space in the middle of the courtyard.

The outdoor dedicated path for lunchtime queuing to the canteen, is paved with text engraved granite slabs evoking important works of science or art. The path is flanked by a gallery display of artistic or scientific artefacts. Queuing time becomes an opportunity for inspiration.


Client: Putney High School