THE EDUCATION BLOCK
Listed Building - Category A
Designed by Isi Metzstein and Andy MacMillan, to complement the Brutalist icon, St. Peter's Seminary.
The History of The Educational Block.
In interviews Isi Metzstein has talked about influences, other than Le Corbusier, including Alvar Aalto and Frank Lloyd Wright, that formed the Modernist articles that they both perused. This would explain the different form of the Educational Block. It does share remarkable similarities with Marcel Breuer's Bergisch Hall at the Bronx Community College.
The Education Block was linked to the Seminary Building by a series of corridors and is comprised of three levels. The library and work spaces were housed in the basement level. The middle tier was the common room and relaxation spaces and the upper floor was four lecture theatres.
Developing the Education Block.
The Kilmahew Education Trust would look to revitalise this structure using sustainable building materials where they were necessary and restore this with a 21st century twist.
On the upper floor we would have modern lecture theatres for visiting groups and CPD training. The second floor would be suited to conferences and informal classrooms for visiting groups. The basement level would become our media lab.