Chetham’s School of Music is the largest and premier Music School in the UK and is unique to the region as the only Music School based in the North of England. Chetham’s provides world class education to talented young musicians from all over the country and the world.
The existing medieval building contains the first public library in England, which boats amongst its’ scholars a certain Karl Marx. This medieval heart of Manchester features prominently in the history of the North West and is an architectural gem. It is currently not readily accessible to the public and one of the main design principles was to create a dialogue between the existing buildings, the new school and its wider context.
The musical heart of the School is in a building which is no longer fit for purpose and the School has outgrown its current building provision for teaching and learning through its increased success and profile.
Our brief was to create a unique contemporary new building for the musical and academic teaching facilities, providing a state-of-the-art environment which will be a fitting platform for the students. A public auditorium will allow Chetham’s students to display their talents in a cultural centre for Manchester and the North West. The building itself will, alongside ongoing regeneration in Central Manchester, provide an iconic opportunity for the educational and cultural standing of Manchester to consolidate its position on the international scene.Location: UK Architect: stephenson:ISA studio
Project name: Chetham’s School of Music Photographer: Daniel Hopkinson Architectural Photography