Ballinamore School, Co. Leitrim

Ballinamore Secondary School is situated on the outskirts of the town on a sloping site bounded by trees and streams, opening to views of distant fields, farms and mountains - the colours of rural Ireland, brown, green, blacks, yellows, reds, changing through the seasons. 

The school builds the site, excavating and filling, making a pitch, experimentation & external teaching areas, bog gardens & raised beds, then constructing a series of cranked blocks (in plan and section) to re-shape a new geography on the site. The two main classroom blocks fold out to make a generous and welcoming entrance. Internally the focus is a double-height concourse at the intersection of the volumes with splayed corridors off it cut by courtyards providing light and views. 

Circulation spaces will be unusually generous by Irish school standards. The building will be painted a vivid green to emphasise the bold volumes.