Olivetti Training School
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Architect James Stirling
Location Haslemere, Surrey, England
Date 1969   timeline
Building Type vocational training school
 Construction System metal skin
Climate temperate
Style Modern




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Discussion Olivetti Training School Commentary

“To convert a 42-acre estate to a training center, the Olivetti corporation renovated a turn of the century ‘Tudorbethan’ manor house to a residence for students and added a teaching wing.

“Two wings of classrooms, one for technicians and one for salesmen, follow the ground contours at the edge of the woods to facilitate planned extension and preserve adjacent trees. The siting splays the wings at slightly less than thirty degrees to each other. A ‘glazed link’ from the house extends between and joins the wings. To one side of the hall at the confluence of the wings and link is a ‘multi-space’—an ‘all-purpose-everything auditorium.”

— James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates. James Stirling, Buildings and Projects. p143.

Sources on Olivetti Training School

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. drawings and diagrams, p110-111. — Updated edition available at

Colin Rowe. James Sterling: Buildings and Projects. New York: Rizzoli International Publications p143.

Peter Arnel and Ted Bickford, ed. James Stirling, Buildings and Projects. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1984. ISBN 0-8478-0448-8. NA997.S78J34. p143-153. Color photo of classroom wings, f2, p144. Color photo of view in multispace with partitions lifted, f5, p149. High middle, left side of page. Color photo of interior, p153. High middle of page. Color photo of interior stairwell, p152. Color photo of existing house and extension, p145. High middle of page.  Find books about Olivetti Training School


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