Zaha Hadid’s first permanent building in the UK opened quietly for business last week.

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Zaha Hadid’s first permanent building in the UK opened quietly for business last week. Or rather term. While all eyes have been monitoring the progress of her controversial Aquatics Centre at the Olympic village in east London, the practice has simultaneously knocked up a 10,000 sq m school in a former refuse truck depot, south of the river, between Brixton and Herne Hill.

Evelyn Grace Academy is an unmistakeably Zaha building – a signature, concrete Z shape that manages to look graceful and brutal at the same time. It’s a statement building that jars unusually with the local residential urban fabric in which it sits. As with all Zaha’s architecture it’s intriguing and jolie laide.

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