Dunraven School – Colour for the Children

Over the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to work on some amazing architectural façade projects. Sadly many of them never actually get built. Anyone who knows an architect is familiar with the fact that a massive percentage of projects never make it off the page. Happily this project did happen with the lovely people at Greenhill Jenner Architects and I have just been sent some pictures of the completed project. The other thing that happens to many projects I work on is that the colour gets filtered out as things progress and what begins as a colourful façade becomes less so. For whatever reasons, budget cuts and chromophobia to name a few; things change along the way until sometimes there is no colour remaining at all. I’m pleased to say that in this instance the colour remained fully intact as I envisaged it.

On a very residential street in South London there was an awareness of the surrounding homes and how we could use colour on the façade to help it ‘merge’ with its environment. The concept was to use blues and greens in tonal undulation around the facades which faced the street, which happened to be fairly leafy in spring and summer months. Facing internally, however, there was an enclosed playground, hidden from view where we could use a much braver and more intense colour palette which hopefully would invigorate / distract / inspire the children during play time. Here I chose a palette of hot pinks, oranges and purples.

The result… a moving grid of changing colour linking the whole building.


Finished school 2

Dunraven School 1


Dunraven School 2


Finished school 4

Finished school 5

Finished school

Dunraven. Green street facade. 3

Dunraven. Warm facade 1






About Ptolemy Mann

Ptolemy Mann is a textile artist, designer and architectural colour consultant
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