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Swawou Project in Kenema, Sierra Leone by Orkidstudio

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Article source: Orkidstudio

Two years ago, in February 2014, Orkidstudio broke ground on a new girls’ school in Kenema, in the eastern region of the country, employing as many as seventy men and women from the local community each day. The Swawou Foundation sought to provide extensive new learning facilities for up to 120 young girls from the local area. First set up in 2009 by Ahmed Jaward and Kirsty Wood, it was the only school around that didn’t allow corporal punishment, and is producing young girls with confidence and intelligence unparalleled elsewhere. The building was voted the ‘best school in Sierra Leone’ on a national radio station before it even had a roof on.

Image Courtesy © Peter Didbin

Image Courtesy © Peter Didbin

  • Architects: Orkidstudio
  • Project: Swawou Project
  • Location: Kenema, Sierra Leone
  • Photography: Peter Didbin

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The Stevens Library at Sacred Heart Schools in California by WRNS Studio

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Article source: WRNS Studio

The 6,300-sf Stevens Library at Sacred Heart Schools in is the first library in the USA and the first school building in California to achieve the International Living Future Institute’s Net Zero Energy Building Certification. It was part of the PG&E ZNE Pilot Project which also found it consumed less energy than it generated and is on track for LEED® Platinum and Petal Certifications.

The site is designed to maximize passive solar orientation, daylight and natural ventilation. 1. Solar harvesting through solar panels - the photovoltaic system provides all the library’s needed energy; 2. High-performance glazing and added rigid insulation for reduced energy loads; 3. Native, drought-tolerant plants are watered using harvested rainwater, Image Courtesy © WRNS Studio

The site is designed to maximize passive solar orientation, daylight and natural ventilation. 1. Solar harvesting through solar panels – the photovoltaic system provides all the library’s needed energy; 2. High-performance glazing and added rigid insulation for reduced energy loads; 3. Native, drought-tolerant plants are watered using harvested rainwater, Image Courtesy © WRNS Studio

 

  • Architects: WRNS Studio
  • Project: The Stevens Library at Sacred Heart Schools
  • Location: Atherton, California, USA

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André Malraux’s group of schools in Montpellier, France by Dominique Coulon & associés

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Article source: Dominique Coulon & associés

The school unit is part of Montpellier’s dynamic for development, the aim being to connect the city with the sea. The school is set on a small triangular plot of land, in keeping with the urban policy for densifying a new residential area.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

Image Courtesy © Eugeni Pons

  • Architects: Dominique Coulon & associés (Dominique Coulon, Steve Letho Duclos)
  • Project: André Malraux’s group of schools
  • Location: 89 Avenue Joan Miro 34 000 Montpellier, France
  • Photography: Eugeni Pons
  • Client: City of Montpellier
  • Architects assistants: Fanny Liénart, Olivier Poulat
  • Construction site supervision: Steve Letho Duclos, Olivier Poulat
  • Engineers and consultants :
  • Structural Engineer: Engineering Batiserf
  • Mechanical Plumbing Engineer: Solares Bauen
  • Electrical Engineer: BET G.Jost
  • Cost Estimator: E3 economy
  • Acoustics: Euro sound project
  • Landscape: Bruno Kubler
  • Budget: 7 300 000 € H.T
  • Surface: 3444 sqm
  • Plans and technical phases: from march 2012 to march 2014
  • Construction: from march 2014 to september 2015

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Froelicher High School Reconstruction in Sissonne, France by Daudre-Vignier & Associes

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Article source: Daudre-Vignier & Associes

With its conception and its internal organisation, the reconstruction of the Froelicher high school in Sissonne (France) fits into in a sustainable approach and takes account of the new urbanisation of the site. The project forms urbanizes and builts a coherent educational ensemble, dense and dynamic, suitable for studying and give flourishing students as required the last educational directions.

Image Courtesy © Daudre-Vignier & Associes

Image Courtesy © Daudre-Vignier & Associes

 

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ESCOLA ESTADUAL NOVA CUMBICA in São Paulo, Brazil by H+F Arquitetos

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Article source: H+F Arquitetos

The new facilities of the Nova Cumbica State School replaced existing buildings that were in bad physical conditions, undersized and that presented poor urban relations with their immediate surroundings.

Image Courtesy © Pedro Napolitano Silver

Image Courtesy © Pedro Napolitano Silver

  • Architects: H+F Arquitetos
  • Project: ESCOLA ESTADUAL NOVA CUMBICA
  • Location: Street Baixio s / ​​n, Guarulhos, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Photography: Pedro Napolitano Silver
  • Team: Hereñú + Ferroni Architects / Eduardo Ferroni and Pablo Hereñú (authors), Renan Kadomoto, Bruno Nicoliello, Shine M. Braga, Domschke Carolina, Carolina S. Yamate, Felipe Chodin, Henrique Arruda and Natalie Tchilian (employees)
  • Structure: CTC Projects
  • Intalações: KML Engineering
  • FDE Coordination: Nancy Suzuki
  • Land area: 2.400,20 m2
  • Built area: 4.104,80 m2
  • Year: 2009 – 2014

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Mount Alvernia College in Queensland, Australia by m3architecture

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Article source: m3architecture

M3architecture designed Mount Alvernia College’s new La Verna Building, Anthony Building and La Foresta Garden.

After being commissioned to complete the College’s master plan in 2011, the firm proposed a school based around three gardens; a community garden, a garden for gathering and a recreation garden.

Image Courtesy © CFJ_Mt-Alvernia

Image Courtesy © CFJ_Mt-Alvernia

 

  • Architects: m3architecture
  • Project: Mount Alvernia College
  • Location: Kedron, Queensland, Australia
  • Photography: CFJ_Mt-Alvernia
  • Software used: Revit

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School of Foreign Languages in Izmir, Turkey by AUDB

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Article source: AUDB 

The London based office AUDB has just completed a university classroom building in Izmir Turkey as a part of their on going commitment to research and development projects in the region. The building has also won the prestigious A Awards in April 2016.

Image Courtesy © Argun Tanriverdi

Image Courtesy © Argun Tanriverdi

  • Architects: AUDB
  • Project: School of Foreign Languages
  • Location: Izmir, Turkey
  • Photography: Argun Tanriverdi 
  • Client: Izmir University of Economics
  • Site Architect/project manager: Hüsnü Alpan
  • Design Team: Yağmur Arıcı, Mehtap Altuğ
  • Structural Engineers: Ardalı Ltd. Şti.
  • Service Engineers:
    •  Electricity: Özyavru Ltd.Şti.
    •  Mechanics: Egetek Ltd. Şti.
  • Main Contractor: Kuryap Ltd. Şti.
  • Control: İzmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi Denetim Ekibi / Arch. Mehtap Altuğ, Civ. Eng. Berna Kaya, Elec. Eng. Tevfik Sungur, Mec. Eng. Nadir Tahta

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Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School Campus in Washington, DC by Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Article source: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

Mundo Verde is a bilingual, sustainability-focused public charter school located in the District of Columbia.  The school’s curriculum is based in expeditionary learning, where students learn through the active exploration of the world around them.  Awarded a shuttered 1920s-era school building and site by the District in 2013, Mundo Verde had a direct question for the design team: “How can this redevelopment and addition project teach our students to be global stewards?”

Image Courtesy © Hoachlander Davis Photography (Anice Hoachlander)

Image Courtesy © Hoachlander Davis Photography (Anice Hoachlander)

  • Architects: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
  • Project: Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School Campus
  • Location: Washington, DC, USA
  • Photography: Hoachlander Davis Photography (Anice Hoachlander)
  • Area: 47,229   ft² / 4,388 m²
  • Project: 2013 – 2015

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Pre-Primary School Centre in Navarra, Spain by Larraz Arquitectos

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Article source: Larraz Arquitectos 

We can talk about the perception of space as an educational proposal on its own, since education is mainly based in human contributions, but also on environmental ones, that affect the development of children’s potential, as well as the interaction between them and the environment. In order for a nursery, with children aged 0-3, to be able to ease or speed the learning process, it needs the building to be capable of suggesting new perceptions to children, and at the same time to satisfy the educators necessities. For these reasons the centre must be:

  • A place of suggestive and easily recognised circulation, with galleries to avoid crowds and show the child the relative position of spaces.
  • A clean and secure place, where neither the materials nor the installations involve the minimal risk for children.
  • A peaceful place, where everything, from the materials to its design, absorb noise and reverberation.
  • A bright place, where it is possible to enjoy as much natural light without sun glare, as the transformation of some spaces to generate shade.
  • A suggesting and stimulating place, where light, colour, sound, vegetation and space are elements that make it easier for the child to learn and play.
Image Courtesy © Larraz Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Larraz Arquitectos

  • Architects: Larraz Arquitectos with CL Architects
  • Project: Pre-Primary School Centre
  • Location: Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
  • Client: Government of Navarre
  • Beginning date: 2006
  • Finishing date: 2007

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Nursery School Extension in Mantes-la-Ville, France by GRAAL ARCHITECTURE

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Article source: GRAAL ARCHITECTURE 

The design for the extension of the Alliés de Chavannes nursery school draws on its context within the landscape and its integration within the site. The three new volumes that house the extension connect to the longitudinal circulation of the existing building in such a way as to allow them to be perceived as separate pavilions. The existing building is reconfigured to become the school’s spine. Distinguished by two types of metal cladding – galvanized steel and anthracite zinc – the new volumes provide a visible distinction between the original building and its extension. The new volumes are organized to ensure fluidity and a programmatic organization in harmony with the existing functioning of the school, logically inserted between the trees and providing views of the surrounding vegetation. Elevated on steel stilts and with facade openings offering each space a variety of orientations, the extensions allow pupils to imagine that their school is a tree house!

Image Courtesy © David Foessel

Image Courtesy © David Foessel

  • Architects: GRAAL ARCHITECTURE
  • Project: Nursery School Extension
  • Location: Mantes-la-Ville, France
  • Photography: David Foessel
  • Client: Ville de Mantes-la-Ville (France)
  • Consultants: LBE ingénierie (mechanical/electrical engineer), C&E ingénierie (structural engineer)
  • Awards: ArchiDesignClub Awards 2016, First Prize ” Enseignement / Petite enfance et élémentaire”, Building of the Year Awards 2016 Archidaily, Nomination
  • Surface area: 810 m² total, 500 m² refurbishment, 310 m² extension
  • Calendar: Studies : 2012-2013, Delivery : May 2015

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