What better time to be immersed in the fairytale landscapes of renowned author Roald Dahl than as a child first experiencing his books. Children growing up in Great Missenden, England, Dahl’s old neighborhood of 36 years, will have this colorful experience in a whimsical new school building designed set to begin construction in October.
Prestwood Infant School. (Courtesy De Rosee Sa and PMR Architecture)
Located about 38 miles outside London, the Prestwood Infant School in Great Missenden asked PMR Architecture and London-based architecture firm De Rosee Sa to create a new multi-purpose dining hall. The new space takes its inspiration from the Grand Feast Hall in Dahl’s classic Fantastic Mr. Fox. Clad in a colorful spectrum of timber logs, the cafeteria can be converted into space for extracurricular activities, according to BD Online.
The building’s form reflects existing buildings on the school’s campus with a playful series of gables along its main facade facing a playground. Eventually, the colorful design could reach beyond the dining hall walls: “We also hope that the new hall will be the first stage in the process of regenerating the playground and outdoor spaces, and would like to continue the design outside to form interactive games, such as hopscotch,” De Rosee Sa wrote on its website.Prestwood Infant School. (Courtesy De Rosee Sa and PMR Architecture) Prestwood Infant School (Courtesy De Rosee Sa and PMR Architecture) Prestwood Infant School (Courtesy De Rosee Sa and PMR Architecture)