Project Description

The Froebel Institute

Location: Roehampton, London
Year: 1996
Client: The Froebel Institute
Value: £0.8m

The Froebel Institute in the grounds of Roehampton University, is an innovative teacher training centre emphasising the original Froebel education theory of learning through play.

In 1996 The Froebel Institute commissioned Robert Adams to extend their Education Building. The commission was to expand this building to accommodate a larger education department with a particular requirement to facilitate the study of Froebelian ideas by the simulation of a classroom in the training space.

The design was for a lightweight first floor structure over the existing buildings flat roof using an expressed tree shaped columns. The expressed overhanging eaves, which were extended over the two-storey part of the building, give solar shading to the teaching space and weather cover to the external escape stairs. The building has a distinction that relates well to the classic landscape of the Wyatt designed Headquarters building Grove House.

Froebel Institute features in our publication 25 Projects, celebrating our first 25 years of practice from 1992 to 2017. Find out more and read the book on our website here.

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