In the past few days, I have come across some pretty amazing schools for children. It's so wonderful seeing educators and designers working together to create amazing environments that make children excited to learn.
The first one is the Erika-Mann Elementary School II in Berlin. Designed by the amazing Baupiloten, who are a group of students at the architectural faculty of the TU Berlin who carry out building projects under the guidance and supervision of architect Susanne Hofmann. Notice the II behind the name of the school? Baupiloten designed the first one in Wedding , Germany. Read my post on ithere.
They sought to lighten and cheer up the heavy and authoritarian air of their old school building from 1915. They developed a playful concept based on a fantastical world of the Silver Dragon. The farther into the building one moves, the stronger one feels the presence of the Silver Dragon whose spirit changes, moves, glows and shimmers. The different spaces are called Snuffle Garden, Snuffling Room, Chill Room and Dragon’s Breath, each starting with a clean white background and offering freedom of expression in the form of flexible furnishings. (via)
The second and third schools I found while browsing the latest issue ofMILK. The Benetton Group, in partnership with the town of Ponzano in Italy, created the Ponzano Children nursery school. For 9 months - 6 year olds.
In planning an educational facility aimed at excellence, and conscious of the ethic and social role of its corporate culture, Benetton Group placed great importance on social interaction, research and the wellbeing of the community and therefore appointedReggio Childrenas the pedagogic consultant for the new school. The centre was designed by Alberto Campo Baeza, an internationally renowned Spanish architect, in co-operation with architectMassimo Benetton. Commenting on his work, Campo Baeza says, “Our aim was to create a nursery school that not only functions impeccably, but is also able to offer a series of diverse spaces; a living building where children can dream and be happy”.
I am very happy to see my favorite children's flexible environment maker,Feelgood Designs, made their way into the classrooms.
Lastly is theGreen School, which is located at the Kul-Kul Campus in Bali, Indonesia.
Green School’s campus spans nearly ten hectares on either side of the Ayung River. One of our iconic structures is a stunning bamboo bridge that spans the river and is emblematic of what we aim to achieve at Green School: connecting learning with creativity; environmental responsibility with scientific knowledge; respect for self with respect for the many cultures represented in and around the School. Our students learn in elegant, curved structures constructed from 98% sustainable materials, and Green School counts among its power sources the extraction of biogas from human and animal waste, as well as a hydroelectric vortex generator that is under development which will be the largest of its kind in the world. Our students are not just learning about Green, they are living it.
I am blown away by the design, impact and beauty of these schools.