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Hackney Primary School

The Hybrid Tenet

Henley Halebrown

There was once a London of extensive suburban communities. There still is. There was once a London whose architecture often signaled a turning point. It still does. There are projects that either discreetly or forcefully carry on the tradition of sparking change and experimentation. The tradition in question has a web of
well-defined rules on which to rely but also from which to depart just enough so as to trigger changes that mutate into innovation. The London-based practice Henley Halebrown has done just this with a project in the 19th Century London Borough of Hackney, once owned by the De Beauvoir family and today a listed area subject to special safeguard. The opportunity was provided by the brief to build a new primary school on the site of a decommissioned fire station.

The client’s request was only apparently straightforward: to build a...

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