Stillman & Eastwick-Field for LBC Hackney
Formerly named Clissold Park School the job architect for the school, Ralph Smorczewski, was a Polish Count who had fought with the resistance in the Warsaw Uprising during World War II. There is nothing martial about Stoke Newington School, its restrained, civilised brutalism utilises a palette of textured concrete and brick enhanced by strong detailing. The boiler-house is remarkable – an exposed aggregate triple height concrete frame with an inverted pitched roof, fully glazed to expose the gleaming plant machinery, flanked by a robust and thrusting rectangular brick chimney. The school was refurbished sympathetically in recent years by Jestico and Whiles using Cor Ten steel panels to complement the brickwork and bush-hammered concrete of the original building.