A+I designs New York City school with colourful panels and tiered seating

April 29, 2018 James Brillon 0

New York studio Architecture + Information has completed a school in Manhattan, using colour to differentiate between public and private spaces, and create an environment that is “playful, not childish”. AltSchool is an educational startup that was founded in 2014 with locations in New York and San Francisco. Its teaching methodology is intended to respond

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Sliding doors connect classrooms by Studio Weave to playground and woods

April 23, 2018 India Block 0

This school by Studio Weave features a scalloped roofline and double doors that slide back to connect the classrooms with their woodland setting on the outskirts of London. The Hackney-based architecture studio created the classrooms with curving roofs for Belvue School, a mixed-gender secondary school for children with moderate to severe learning difficulties. The school had previously

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Zaha Hadid Architects will use robots to build barrel-vaulted school in rural China

April 20, 2018 Natasha Levy 0

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled plans for a primary school in China’s mountainous Jiangxi province, which will feature a series of barrel-vaulted classrooms built in part by robots. Lushan Primary School will be situated 160 kilometres north-west of the province’s capital, Nanchuang, and perched on a small peninsula. It will be able to accommodate up

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Glass walls create visual connection between Strasbourg sports hall and its surroundings

March 18, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

Dominique Coulon & Associés has completed a sports centre for a school in Strasbourg, featuring a pair of double-height halls that project upwards from a concrete-and-glass base. Dominique Coulon’s practice designed the building for a school created for the children of the international civil servants who work at the nearby European Parliament and European Court of

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Geometric brick-clad boarding house by MICA references its traditional neighbours

February 28, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

British architecture studio MICA has completed a boarding house in the grounds of Stowe School in England, featuring an assemblage of pale-brick volumes including a cylindrical tower and glazed bridge. Stowe School is an independent school in Stowe, Buckinghamshire, which was founded in 1923 and is situated within 750 acres of landscaped gardens that also

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Stefano Boeri Architetti to design 24-hour schools in Albanian capital

February 23, 2018 Jessica Mairs 0

Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed three schools in Albania’s capital city, Tirana, that will remain open around the clock to double as community hubs. While schools typically are shut to the public after classes end, Italian studio Stefano Boeri Architetti has proposed making use of the buildings 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. After school

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Domed sports hall by Sporadical is covered in scale-like aluminium shingles

February 18, 2018 Alyn Griffiths 0

Reflective aluminium panels cover the rounded shell of this school sports hall near Prague, helping to disguise its scale. The sports hall, designed by local architecture office Sporadical, adjoins a recently modernised and extended primary school in the town of Dolní Břežany, to the south of the Czech capital. In addition to providing a space for

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Hawkins\Brown uses engineered wood to build swimming pool for City of London Freemen’s School

November 23, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

Architecture firm Hawkins\Brown used two types of engineered timber to build this swimming facility at a school in Surrey, England. Located at the City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead, the swimming pool building boasts an exposed timber frame that incorporates windows looking out onto the surrounding woodland. Hawkins\Brown chose materials and construction methods to complement the building’s natural

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Mirrored panels and stripy tiles cover walls of Spanish school by ABLM Arquitectos

November 1, 2017 Alice Finney 0

Spanish studio ABLM Arquitectos used mirrored panels to create an “almost invisible” upper floor for this school in the city of Salamanca, but the lower storey covered in stripes of brightly coloured tiling. The locally based architects designed the 2,600-square-metre building for a neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city in north-west Spain, which is transforming into an

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School extension by DSDHA features rough-edged timber cladding and outdoor learning spaces

October 26, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

This new building added to a school in the English town of Beaconsfield by London architecture office DSDHA flanks a tree-lined playground and is clad in waney-edged timber to give it a natural appearance. DSDHA was invited to oversee the final phase of a 20-year masterplan at Davenies School, which was established in 1940 and

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New Sandy Hook school is designed to “prevent unwanted intrusions of any kind”

October 25, 2017 Gunseli Yalcinkaya 0

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the site of the 2012 shooting that killed 20 children and six adults, has been rebuilt by architects Svigals + Partners to incorporate the latest anti-terror measures. Working alongside the traumatised community of Newtown, Svigals + Partners designed the outside of the school to include a long walkway through

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Diébédo Francis Kéré says school that launched his career is “not a traditional African building”

October 17, 2017 India Block 0

In this exclusive movie produced by Dezeen, Serpentine Pavilion architect Diébédo Francis Kéré reveals how building a school for his home village in Burkina Faso was the starting point for his career. Kéré was born in a village named Gando, a village on the east side of the African country. While studying to become an architect in Germany, back

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NL Architects completes Belgian school featuring low-lying rooms surrounded by a colonnade

October 15, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

A pyramidal turfed roof tops one of several teaching and administrative spaces clustered around a multipurpose hall at this school in the Belgian city of Knokke-Heist by Amsterdam studio NL Architects. The Scholencampus De Vonk was designed by NL Architects to accommodate the merger of two primary schools in the Flemish coastal city. The building

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Lille school extension by LT2A features porthole-like windows and golden details

October 4, 2017 Alyn Griffiths 0

Architecture studio LT2A has added a brick extension to a school near Lille, featuring an entrance sheltered by an anodised-aluminium canopy, and circular windows that provide glimpses of courtyard gardens. Located southwest of the city in the suburb of Loos, the old school is set among large blocks of social housing that were erected in the 1970s. The

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OMA builds city-inspired engineering school for Ecole Centrale Paris

September 1, 2017 Amy Frearson 0

Rem Koolhaas’ firm looked at urban-design patterns when drawing up plans for this laboratory building at an engineering school on the outskirts of Paris. Called Lab City, the building was designed by OMA to provide a new facility for Ecole Centrale Paris, a French university that specialises in science and engineering. But the design team – led by

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CF Møller covers Copenhagen school in 12,000 solar panels

August 23, 2017 Eleanor Gibson 0

Scandinavian firm CF Møller has designed a school on Copenhagen’s waterfront, which is almost completely covered in blue-tinged solar panels that shimmer like sequins in the sunlight.  CF Møller designed the Copenhagen International School for Nordhavn – a harbour currently under renovation in the Danish city. Thousands of solar panels enveloping the stacked-block formation of the school are tilted in opposing directions

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Arching bamboo trusses are left exposed in Chiang Mai sports hall to create a “feast to the eye”

August 20, 2017 Jessica Mairs 0

Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction modelled the segmented and undulating roof of this bamboo sports hall at a school in Chiang Mai in Thailand on the petals of a lotus flower. Local bamboo specialists Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction designed the Bamboo Sports Hall for the Panyaden International School, which educates primary school-aged children using buddhist principles. Located among rice fields, a 15

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Feilden Clegg Bradley creates barn-inspired art building at Bedales School in Hampshire

August 13, 2017 Ali Morris 0

A building with a row of pitched roofs forms Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ art and design block at Bedales School – a liberal independent school on the edge of the South Downs National Park in Hampshire, England. Clad in rough-sawn Siberian larch, the Bedales School Art and Design Building is constructed around a 300-year-old oak tree

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Maple Street School in Brooklyn features warm wood interiors

August 8, 2017 Dan Howarth 0

Lots of wood, soft pastel tones and bright accents are used to make this Brooklyn preschool feel like an “extension of the home”. Local studios Barker Freeman Design Office (BFDO) and 4|MATIV collaborated to create the new Maple Street School when it expanded to a second location. An ideal space was found in a recently

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Portakabin builds temporary school for pupils of academy next to Grenfell Tower

July 21, 2017 Ali Morris 0

A temporary secondary school is being built to accommodate students of Kensington Aldridge Academy, a school next to Grenfell Tower, which has been shut ever since the devastating fire last month. UK company Portakabin is using its modular construction system to build the school just over a mile away, next to Wormwood Scrubs – an open space in the London Borough of

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