AD Round Up: Educational Architecture Part I

We continue our effort to bring you our best previously published works, this time, our Round Up features Educational Architecture. Enjoy it!

Metzo School
Designed by Erick van Egeraat, the new Metzo College, located in Doetinchem, a City in the East of the Netherlands, houses a school for vocational education as well as public sport facilities. The new building replaces three existing school buildings. On a total gross floor area of 16.000 m2 the school accommodates 1.300 students between ages 12 to 16. The school offers a range of technical and theoretical courses, including health and welfare education.  The main design objective was to preserve the existing open surroundings as much as possible (read more…)

Aalen University Extension
There was an existing urban masterplan with a linear arrangement of the buildings and a central pedestrian zone. Trees planted along the streets integrate the buildings in the nature. A square surrounded by the library and the different faculties provide an open-air space for recreation after exhausting lectures. The now realised buildings are the first steps of a small hopeful growing village, a campus of research and education. The project is from MGF Architekten GmbH (read more…)

Siamese Towers
By Alejandro Aravena. We were asked to build a glass tower to host everything that had to do with computers in the university. We saw three problems in this: the computers, the glass and the tower. The university asked us to question the type of architecture required for teaching now that everything depends on digital technology. Should architecture change now that we have computers? Does the notion of room (be it for work or for attend a class) still make sense? Our answer was, of course, Yes and No (read more…)

Building renovation and auditorium addition, School of Fine Arts, Universidad de Chile
After the 1969 fire of the Art School which has been located at the forest park since 1910, the art faculty was forced to sub-rent part of its facilities as classrooms. It was at the early 70′s, just when the masterpieces Juan Gomez Millas were starting to be built, that president Salvador Allende asked the architect Ricardo Alegría to build a new Department of plastic arts. Soon after the military cue, the construction stopped, only remaining the steel structures that for 30 year held nothing but air (read more…)

Oslo School of Architecture
The new Oslo School of Architecture, by JVA, is based in an existing building from 1938, located by the Akerselva River in the eastern part of Oslo. The school is part of a larger effort to revitalise this former industrial area for education-related use. The long-term aim is a campus for arts education along the riverbank. The project won 1st prize in an open architectural competition in 1998. The exterior of the existing building has a conservation status. The architects have kept the block open towards the river, and combined the new programme with the logic of the existing building together with the surroundings in one spatial sequence (read more…)

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "AD Round Up: Educational Architecture Part I" 24 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=15227>