Top Ten Innovative School Designs
Creativity and freedom of mind is egged on through proper education in an interactive and interesting environment.
And gone are the days when school meant only a room, a blackboard and just the lectures of a teacher.
Today, kids have become more visually stimulated by their surroundings and react better to technological ways of conveying a lesson which requires a deal more of interactivity on their part.
Architects have just that in mind when designing the school for future pupils.
The diversity in designs and creative ideas is endless, but projects must conform to creating environments which are beneficial to learning, practicality and most important, innovation.
These types of projects are already popping up all around the world, as architects understand the new generation’s need for a new way of learning. From the innovative showcase of current constructions, we can only imagine what amazing designs the future will bring, as perspectives and views on education and training change constantly.
We bring before you a carefully crafted top ten designs that prove innovation and creativity to the max.
No.10 EWHA Woman’s University Seoul, South Korea
This project is truly breath-taking by the antithetic underground cut-out which parts two spaces of greenery. The Valley Campus serves multiple purposes by its innovative and space-saving design. The ground levels parks provide chill zones and strolling space for stressed students and the majestic double stair entrance can serve as an outdoor theater a meeting and study place and a space for exhibitions or shows. The two glass slices incorporate a cafeteria and other student-related spaces. The EWHA valley is not just a campus; it integrates into the very environment itself, with uses for all people.
No.9 School Handmade in Bangladesh
Not all designs need to be high budget and constructed in a fanciful way, and this handmade school in Bangladesh is a great example. Built in two levels, the first made from compacted earth and the second entirely from bamboo sticks, it was constructed using traditional methods implemented in a modern-ish design by German and Austrian architects. Volunteers and local people helped to construct the building which includes caves for children to explore, spaces and classrooms for teaching.
No.8 Modern High School #9, Central Los Angeles
This futuristic looking school of performing and visual arts is comprised of seven buildings with the total capacity for 1800 students. It contains a theater building, a library, cafeteria and four classroom buildings. This crisp white, spaceship-like project is extremely conspicuous and exposed, as a major highway is just nearby. The buildings certainly are a center piece and make their mark in the campus with their weird shapes. The design could be called minimalistic with the use of neutral colors basic geometrical shapes and multiple glass surfaces.
No.7 Green Roof Art School, Singapore
Ecological and modernistic ideas seem to be a common trademark in future school designs, and this art school in Singapore underlines those concepts by a huge and curvy grass roof and endless glass clad walls. The building is an architectural as well as a landscaping trademark, integrating the latest technology with the green environment to provide an optimal learning space. The glass walls bring the beautiful outside in and reduce heat accumulation. Natural materials are used in a large measure to create that link with nature and enhance creativity amongst students.
No.6 Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham
Instead of building afresh, how about converting a future innovative school from an old bicycle factory? Well, the Jubilee Campus in Nottingham does just that. And though conversions from old to new are rather difficult, this project manages to pull it off in a handsome way. With most buildings clad in fancy wood, sleek glass surfaces and organic shapes, the campus is a most inspiring learning place. To go with the natural vibe, the exterior landscaping has a slithering lake and rows of trees and gardens. The campus includes restaurants, shops, lecture halls and atrium.
No.5 The Stata Center at MIT
This daring design was created by well-known architect Frank Gehry and contains his specific architectural characteristics with which the buildings brighten up the MIT campus. The main trait here is rather surrealist, with awkward shapes, sloping angles into slight towers and outward going windows. The Stata Center is comprised of a large auditorium hall, a childcare center classrooms and fitness areas, as well as research facilities. The crazy shapes surely tempt further creativity in technological field of the institute.
No.4 Ørestad High School, Copenhagen
Denmark is quite known for its sleek architecture, whether old or new, and this college in the suburb of Ørestad is a great example. Though sleek in its characteristics with predominant white as well as washed stimulating colors the building itself is rather chunky to create a contrast with the curvy interior. The interior is mostly open planned, with circular pads for relaxation, research and creative activities. Set on four levels, all the spaces are connected by the main stair case which serpents through all the distinct spaces.
No.3 Miami-Dade College Campus
This may be one of the most futuristic concepts till now. This college campus in Miami has tall buildings, exclusively glass facades and awkwardly shaped steel structures. You would mistake it for a business centre, not an education related structure. Yet, it’s not all artificial and modernistic; a green aspect is integrated in the shape of an interior park where students can relax between lectures. The building complex has everything you would need, from auditoriums, shops, classrooms to offices, residential areas and recreational spaces.
No.2 Grey Towers Castle, Arcadia University
From the extreme and modern concepts to one that pays homage to the old, Grey Towers Castle is a university building like no other. Learning here must be awesome since it actually is a real 1898 castle integrated as a management, conference and dining space. The interior is as lavish as the exterior, with intricate 19th century details and dreamy spaces. Grey Towers also has a lot of history behind it, which always grasp the students’ interest. In addition to this, like most castles, this one seems to have secret and spooky passages all over, which is guaranteed to entice interest.
No.1 Nursery Elementary School, Roldan, Spain
Our number one on the list is probably the simplest but the most imaginative design for a school. This concept serves for the creative and tactile needs of children as well as the simplification of maintenance for the buildings. The elementary school has odd and diverse angles in its planning, the whole area giving the sense of a small suburb with an enclosed courtyard in the middle for the children to play. The little house-shaped sections are totally covered in artificial turf to astound the eyes with lots of green in a neutral grey environment.
School, colleges and universities should not only be practical constructions but should really engage with the interest and creativity of the people which use that particular space.
Great ideas in the architecture can determine the conceiving of other innovative concepts in the respective domains that the students study. In landscaping, the surrounding environments create moods best for relaxation and interactive thoughts, which again may cradle geniuses in the making. These are the basic principles that govern the future concepts for innovative schools and if they are achieved, the educational structures of the future will impress even more than this current top ten.
Article written by Oana Anghelache
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