Best practice in school design has been covered over on the ESI Building blog. Below are five projects with interesting interior architecture or design.
The Hazelwood School for the Sensory Impaired in Glasgow, was designed by GM&AD Architects in collaboration with parents, staff and associated agencies. The building design has been a source of inspiration for architects worldwide, but practical considerations informed the interior, which aims to maximise the pupils’ opportunities for independence. Collaboration with the stakeholders will have been key in this respect.
The importance of school spaces being fun and functional is demonstrated in the canteen at Applemore College, which was designed by SHH Architects on a tight budget- covered by an article in FX magazine, November. The design was by SHH Architects.
Traditional materials were blended with modern architecture at the St Albans School, a private boys school in Washington USA. This project was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The practice has completed education projects around the USA and worldwide.
Transparency, openness and sustainability are features of The Langley Academy, Slough, designed by Foster+Partners. The interior features an open atrium and several open ‘gallery’ classrooms. The open theme continues with visible solar collectors, an exposed plant room, and an unconcealed network of pipes that illustrate how renewable energy is generated and carried through the building.
A regeneration project for the Paris suburbs has begun with the St Denis school from French architects Mikou Design Studio. The building and the interior have a fresh, vibrant and bright feel. Photographs, design drawings and comment on the design are available at Dezeen.
Another regeneration project, this time centred around a courtyard, is the 4th Gymnasium, in the Houthavens area of Amsterdam. Vibrant colours and bright natural light also pervade the interior. This temporary building uses modular components that will be reused once the permanent school is built.