The Rainbow School

Client: Beyond Autism
Completion: 2013

This new specialist school for children with ASD is a carefully designed environment within a completely remodelled and refurbished existing Victorian Villa and 1960s extension.

The existing extension was stripped back to its concrete frame, super-insulated with a breathable wall construction, and clad with a new expressive and tactile facade of Cedar shingles, Douglas Fir, Larch and Sweet Chestnut timber.

Internally the finished palette is restricted to warm shades of white and timber to create a calming, sensitive, and robust series of spaces for the children.

Karen Sorab, Principal and Chair of Trustees commented “Our new school is beautifully designed, exceptionally well constructed, and the project was a joy to work on from start to finish”

Project designed and administered by Richard Asbury whilst an Associate at Architype.