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Architect: Roger Stephenson Architects
Series: Natural Line
The firm of Roger Stephenson Architects has completed the radical restructuring and extension of the Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester UK, a project worth 36 million pounds sterling. The Manchester firm has created a new modern music teaching and academic complex, providing a cutting-edge environment for students. The new building comprises a concert hall seating 350 people, an acting room seating 100 people and an academic school with over one hundred specific environments for teaching and rehearsals.
The interiors, which are spacious, functional and future-oriented, are covered with about 3000 sq m of Piemme porcelain stoneware slabs. This special collection called “Natural” features aesthetic characteristics that make it extremely natural. Similar to light coloured porphyry stone, Natural provides exceptional mechanical performance in terms of resistance and duration, besides being consistent with the most up-to-date “green building” concepts, thanks to a body consisting of 15% recycled raw materials and zero-impact manufacturing technologies. Industrie Ceramiche Piemme is a long-term member of Confindustria Ceramica Italiana as well as of the Green Building Council of Italy and regularly develops new materials, all of which focused on the very latest requirements in terms of environment protection.
Inside the Campus, the perfectly restored 15th-cent. cloister represents a reference point for all the guests of the new school. Chetham’s roots have been sculpted for centuries in its old buildings; with the creation of a new component and the recovery of the old one, the Roger Stephenson Architects project will accompany the history of the school for centuries to come and Piemme is proud to be a part of it with its specific architectural materials, strictly100% Made in Italy.
Architect: Roger Stephenson Architects – Customer: Chetham’s School of Music – Series: Natural Line