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Seabird Island School in Agassiz, Canada by Patkau Architects

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Article source:  Patkau Architects

Seabird Island is a large area of delta land in the Fraser River, seventy-five miles east of the Pacific Ocean. It is the home of the Seabird Island Band, a Coastal Salish community. Mountains of the Coastal Range tower over the river valley on all sides. The interior of the island is a large open field, which is used for agriculture. Houses ring the lightly wooded perimeter. At the downstream end of the island are community buildings loosely organized in a U around a grassed common space that is open to the north.

Image Courtesy James Dow

  • Architect: Patkau Architects
  • Name of Project: Seabird Island School
  • Location: Agassiz, British Columbia, Canada
  • Completion: 1988–1991
  • Owner/ Client: Seabird Island Band
  • Software used: None. Hand drafting and physical models only

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Pierre Mendès France Secondary school in Montpellier by C+D Architecture, Nicolas CREGUT & Laurent DUPORT

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Article source: C+D Architecture, Nicolas CREGUT & Laurent DUPORT

This project takes place in Montpellier, south of France. It concerns the realization of a 30 000 square meter technical secondary school.

A site at the border of the rural area.

The site proposed for this competition takes place to the South entry of Montpellier, in a suburb area.
It‘s located at the articulation of a great agricultural place composed of olive trees and grapevines and a urbanized place in expansion included real estate and commercial equipments. The shape of the site is like a carpenter’s square. The particularity of this place is that there is an XVIII’s century house at the centre and a highway axis closed to the north border of the plot. The secondary school has to include all kind of study of the secondary school and also it has to propose car, mechanical and service sector. The program is ambitious and the future secondary school must receive a capacity of 1500 pupils in 30 000 square meter.

Night View

  • Architect: C+D Architecture, Nicolas CREGUT & Laurent DUPORT
  • Name of Project: Pierre Mendès France Secondary school
  • Location: Montpellier, France
  • Members and Collaborators: ECMO(Economist), EREN(Engineer), OTCE(Engineer), Carrés Verts(Landscape designer)
  • Construction company: EIFFAGE
  • Client: Région Languedoc-Roussillon
  • Software used: AUTOCAD and ALLPLAN

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Marquesa de Alorna School in Lisbon, Portugal by José Neves (designed using AutoCAD)

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Article source: José Neves

The existing Marquesa de Alorna School, designed by architect José Sobral Blanco in 1956, was one of the 50 schools built in Portugal according to the type promoted by the Construction Board for Secondary and Technical Education in the 1950’s. Like many of these schools, it had two main bodies, one containing the academic and administrative areas, the other containing the gym and cafeteria. The two bodies were linked by the main atrium of the school and the covered playground. In this instance, the set defined a patio surrounded by an amphitheatre-shaped slope with woods, the result from an excavation on the hillside to build the original school. The beauty of the patio has since been disfigured, as the covered playground was closed, cutting the visual relationship between the patio and the city, and as the slope was largely destroyed in order to allow the construction of a parking building owned by a bank.

View from the school courtyard from the new covered playground (Images Courtesy Laura Castro Caldas & Paulo Cintra)

  • Architect: José Neves
  • Name of Project: Marquesa de Alorna School
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Photographs: Laura Castro Caldas & Paulo Cintra; João Dias
  • Client: Parque Escolar
  • Project year: 2007-2008
  • Software used: Autodesk AutoCAD 2008/2009

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Francisco De Arruda School in Lisbon, Portugal by José Neves (designed using AutoCAD)

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Article source: José Neves

It is a project within the “School Modernization Program” sponsored by the Parque Escolar, for a school originally designed by architect José António Pedroso in 1956. The three bodies that constitute the school  are situated on the hillside in the continuity of the Faculty of Agronomy fields, overlooking the district of Alcântara.

One arrives at the new atrium of the school after a brief walk through the garden (Images Courtesy Laura Castro Caldas & Paulo Cintra)

  • Architect: José Neves
  • Name of Project: Francisco De Arruda School
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Client: Parque Escolar
  • Project year: 2008-2009
  • Photographs: Laura Castro Caldas & Paulo Cintra; João Morgado
  • Software used: Autodesk AutoCAD 2008/2009

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Secondary school in Gando with passive ventilation system in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso by Francis Kere Architecture (designed with AutoCAD and Rhino)

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Article source: Francis Kere Architecture

This school project in one of the world’s poorest countries aims to provide further education to the inhabitants of a rural area. Gando, with a population of 3000, has no secondary education facilities and lies on the southern plains of Burkina Faso, some 200km from the capital Ouagadougou. Diverse design aspects of the project consider the challenging weather conditions where summer temperatures peak at 40°C.

Entrance

  • Architect: Francis Kere Architecture
  • Name of Project: Secondary school in Gando with passive ventilation system
  • Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Software used: Autocad and Rhino

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High School Albert Einstein in Bagnols sur Ceze, France by N+B Architects

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Article source: N+B Architects

The High School Albert Einstein, Brassens site, is a big building of the 60’s. Built with a model, it is composed by high linear buildings from 60 to 80 cm lengh and big metallic workshops. Site’s analysis shows several functional gaps. Today it is important to change establishment’s image by the way of idea and contemporary vision.

Image Courtesy Paul Kozlowski

  • Architects: N+B Architects
  • Project: High School Albert Einstein
  • Location: Bagnols sur Ceze, France
  • Architecte mandataire : Elodie NOURRIGAT et Jacques BRION,N+B Architectes
  • Architecte associé : François PRIVAT Architecte
  • Client: Région Languedoc Roussillon
  • Delegated Client: Languedoc Roussillon Aménagement
  • Site Area: 20.000 m²
  • Building Scale: R+1
  • Cost: 17 Millions € (Prix valeur Année 2004)

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Vertical Campus in Larvik, Norway by CEBRA

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Article source: CEBRA

Vertical Campus is a substantial extension to the local school. In the northern hemisphere, it makes sense to build compact buildings because they are economic and reduce heat loss, and also because this ensures short internal distances and synergies between different functions. In addition to being a compact school, the Vertikal Campus has a small footprint. First of all, this makes it possible to reuse the old foundations, which is important due to highly complicated geotechnical circumstances. Secondly, it leaves more outdoor park area for the children and creates distance to neighboring houses.

Vertical Campus

  • Architects: CEBRA
  • Project: Vertical Campus
  • Location: Ahlfeldtsgata, Larvik, Norway
  • Commission: Public
  • Type: Competition
  • Category: Education
  • Client: Larvik Municipality

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School Center Lucie Aubrac in Nanterre, France by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Article source: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

A public institution with a strong identity

The school is distinguished by its spatial organization and design of the facades of their surroundings. The free form differentiates the building from its environnement of rigid social housing characterizing the area ‘Province de France’ in Nanterre. There is a relationship point of view (a view relation) with the Paris business district La Défense. The highly frequented, Route Nationale 314 runs west to the school building. The site was excavated and earth mound planted.

Night View (Images Courtesy DFA and David Boureau)

  • Architect: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
  • Name of Project: School Center Lucie Aubrac
  • Location: Allée de Bourgogne, Nanterre, France
  • Client: Mairie de Nanterre
  • Project team leader: DI Katja Pargger
  • Team planning: Mathias Neveling, Anna Zottl, An Vranken, Markus Himmel, Jeanne Stern, Maria Joao Pita
  • Team Competition: DI Katja Pargger, chef de projet; Barbara Fellmann, DI Dorit Boehme, Petra Meisenbichler
  • Photo Credit: David Boureau, DFA and Frederic Delangle

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Flor del Campo in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia by Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Article source: Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa

This project is characterized by four “Rings”, each of which is defined by two levels with different thicknesses, rounding different playgrounds. The perimeter is as important as the interior space formed by the rings, projecting physical areas that can express the function that will be developed. It was inspired by the shapes of tropical plants and trees in the area, taking us to a recreational atmosphere of games, educational exchanges, etc.

Flor del Campo

  • Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa
  • Project: Flor del Campo
  • Location: Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
  • Software used: AutoCad. Presentations were done using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop etc.

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A Small School in The Grand Paris By Hubert & Roy Architectes Et Associés

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Article source: Hubert & Roy Architectes Et Associés

The school at Le Bourget is modelled after its changing neighbourhood, an area facing the landscape of Grand Paris, connected to the city by green “corridors”, and brought near Paris thanks to its nearby train station. Just like a vertebrate organism slipping into the fragmented plot, the school is designed based on a structure entirely made out of timber, digitized and optimized, prefabricated in a workshop-factory and mounted in a few months by two craftsmen. This structure, including structural frames every 1.50 m, is covered with a green roof for water retention and thermal mass. Elevations of the structure are cladded with glass and aluminium panels aligned on the 1.50 m frame to frame distance. Therefore, the aluminium envelope is only 4 mm thick and the insulation fits within the thickness of the structure.

Image Courtesy Hervé, Abbadie

  • Architects: Hubert & Roy Architectes Et Associés
  • Project: A Small School
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Client: city of Le Bourget.
  • Competition winner: 2008
  • Delivered: June 2011
  • Area: 2800 m²
  • Cost: 4 800 000 €
  • Architects Team: Bruno J. Hubert et Michel Roy architects. Elyas Khouadja, architect. B. Bonijoly, G.Shanishev architects coll.

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