Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Early Years International School in Singapore by Bogle Architects
September 22nd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Bogle Architects
This milestone scheme in the field of pre-school education will deliver a multicultural educational facility for over 2,000 pupils and 400 support staff. Bogle Architects have developed an architectural and educational vision that will provide a rich learning environment for pupils, parents, and staff.
The design responds to the challenge of making a very large building, of over 50,000sqm, feel intimate and personalised. This is achieved by the arrangement of ‘clusters’, each of which are formed on a similar scale to a standard ‘nursery at the end of the street’, with 4 classrooms in every cluster. These clusters sit atop a podium level which handles the extensive transportation web of bus, car, taxi and pedestrian arrivals and departures.
The clusters are then stacked vertically over 5 or 6 floors as interlocking and overlapping blocks – echoing the playful nature of a child’s toy. The podium also provides external play space, a swimming pool, a multifunctional hall and specialist classrooms for art, music and dance.
External ETFE canopies provide protection from the elements but also break the scale of the school on the street frontage. Green walls and external play balconies are provided for every classroom offering an external learning environment which is essential for the development of young children.
The scheme has been designed in collaboration with Professor Gary Moore from Sydney University and Early Years educationalist Rosie Long. The project has commenced on site and is due for completion in 2017.
About Bogle Architects:
Bogle Architects is an award-winning architecture and design studio founded in 2012 by Ian Bogle. The team consists of a highly creative group of individuals sharing a common desire to design and build progressive, imaginative and innovative architecture. Operating out of studios in London and Prague, and with a further office in Hong Kong, the practice is engaged in a wide range of prestigious international projects. Striving for simple design solutions to resolve the complexity of any project, the practice’s philosophy is based on clarity of thought, wide engagement and a collaborative design process in order to realise a common goal.
The practice strategy is to be diverse in both location and sector, which in return offers an insight into many different design solutions, enhancing the continually improving offer to clients. The practice has recently completed the ELI Beamlines laser facility in Prague, which will house the most powerful laser in the world. It is also currently delivering a technically advanced exhibition centre on an innovation park in Beijing. Engineered by Arup, the scheme has achieved a BREEAM “outstanding” rating. The dramatic, 4,071 sqm building forms the gateway to the Beijing Green Building Demonstration Park, overseen by the Building Research Establishment. The project has won a BREEAM gold medal, scoring full marks in energy, water and waste categories. Other ongoing projects include major residential developments in the UK, Moscow, Prague, Bratislava, and the redevelopment of a commercial scheme in the City of London and other significant education projects in the Far East.
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