Awarded the second prize in the recent Ramat Efal Education Campus Competition, the ‘Fields of Knowledge’ proposal by ShaGa Studio + Auerbach Halevy Architects/Ori Rittenberg(Rotem) integrates a series of linear ‘knowledge fields’ into a rich and varied learning experience, weaving together exteriors and interiors, the public and the community. Evoking the memories of old agriculture fields in Ramat Efal, their design criticizes an existing plan that splits the campus into three divided plots and suggests instead an integration of both school & public programs within an overall ‘field condition’. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Functioning as a focal point for the new neighborhood, the slightly elevated ‘Campus Village’ is transforming a public pathway from a shortcut to a destination, creating a vertical division between the restricted learning environments on higher levels and the public functions (media centre, theatre, sport facilities etc) accessible to all along a lower ‘park’ pathway.
By situating the learning spaces above the public zones , new intimate learning conditions are being developed, where distinct expertise and knowledge areas (Science and Technology, Humanistic Studies, Arts and Crafts, Sports)are nurtured and explored. While knowledge clusters are defined through program and organization, an interconnected fabric of gardens, patios, loggias, terraces and informal learning spaces propagates cross fertilization and interdisciplinary learning experiences across fields of expertise.
Knowledge Clusters –The Knowledge Clusters introduce local identities within the overall ‘Mat Organization’. Each cluster creates intimate spaces that encourage small group collaborations and individual work. The Cluster is organized according to sustainable principles (solar strategies, water management, natural ventilation) and around a unique patio space. Independent in their nature, the knowledge clusters are combined into an overall open ended assembly that suggests future growth and flexibility while retaining a strong sense of place, specificity and character.
Architects: ShaGa Studio + Auerbach Halevy Architects/Ori Rittenberg(Rotem)
Location: Ramat-Efal, Israel
Team: ShaGa Studio – Gary Freedman, Shany Barath, Alexey Boev; Auerbach Halevy Architects/Ori Rittenberg(Rotem) – Ori Halevy, Ori Rittenberg(Rotem), Eynav Nahoum, Noam Muskal
Result: Finalist – Second Prize