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8 Excellent Examples of What Innovative 21st Century Schools Should Look Like

08:00 - 10 April, 2017

If we think about how the educational system worked in the past, we can quickly see that both the teaching style in schools as well as the school’s infrastructure were very different from the current system. The educational model of the twentieth century could be defined as being similar to the "spatial model of prisons, with no interest in stimulating a comprehensive, flexible and versatile education."

However, we are now at a time when social, economic and technological developments have created a more global society and where information and learning are becoming more affordable. This radical change has transformed the societies in which we live, leaving the current educational model based on a rigid and unidirectional teaching obsolete. 

As such, there are schools that have not only broken the mold of traditional teaching but have formed new educational standards, exploring new paradigms and opening up new possibilities within the design of educational spaces. Since architecture and educational models often reflect the ideology of a society, how is the school of 21st century defined? 

Vittra Telefonplan / Rosan Bosch. Image Hakusui Nursery School / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop. Image Cortesía de Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Kwel Ka Baung School / A.gor.a Architect. Image Cortesía de Agora Architects Jardín Infantil Farming / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki +31

U House / KIAS

19:00 - 10 March, 2016
U House  / KIAS, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kentaro Ishida, Yuji Ito, Miyuki Kakizawa (KIAS)
  • Area

    190.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Apartment – House / Kochi Architect's Studio

22:00 - 27 August, 2015
Apartment – House / Kochi Architect's Studio, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi © Daici Ano Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kazuyasu Kochi
  • Area

    177.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Daici Ano, Courtesy of Kazuyasu Kochi

Asahicho Clinic / hkl studio

22:00 - 1 July, 2015
Asahicho Clinic / hkl studio, © Shinkenchiku-sha
© Shinkenchiku-sha

© Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha © Tetsu Hiraga +37

Hakusui Nursery School / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

21:00 - 27 April, 2015
Hakusui Nursery School / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop, Courtesy of Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop
Courtesy of Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

Courtesy of Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Courtesy of Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Courtesy of Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Courtesy of Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Kentaro Yamazaki
  • Area

    530.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

Villa Escargot / Takeshi Hirobe Architects

01:00 - 9 February, 2015
Villa Escargot / Takeshi Hirobe Architects, © Koichi Torimura
© Koichi Torimura

© Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura © Koichi Torimura +15

House in Funabashi / Koji Hatano Architects

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
House in Funabashi / Koji Hatano Architects, © Asako Yamazaki
© Asako Yamazaki

© Asako Yamazaki © Asako Yamazaki © Asako Yamazaki © Asako Yamazaki +16

House in Chiba / Yuji Kimura Design

01:00 - 10 April, 2014
House in Chiba / Yuji Kimura Design, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +27

Azumaya / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

01:00 - 11 February, 2014
Azumaya / Yuko Nagayama & Associates, © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano © Daici Ano +11

Carré / Soeda and associates Architects

01:00 - 4 February, 2014
Carré / Soeda and associates Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Takayuki Soeda
  • Structural Engineer

    Masaki Yoshida/YSE
  • Constructor

    Ogawa Kensetsu
  • Area

    1715.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

ARKHE Beauty Salon / Moriyuki Ochiai Architects

01:00 - 7 August, 2013
ARKHE Beauty Salon / Moriyuki Ochiai Architects, © Atsushi Ishida
© Atsushi Ishida

© Atsushi Ishida © Atsushi Ishida © Atsushi Ishida © Atsushi Ishida +12

House H / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

01:00 - 17 January, 2013
© Fumihiko Ikemoto
© Fumihiko Ikemoto
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Project Team

    Hiroyuki Shinozaki, Sota Matsuura, Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
  • Structure engineer

    Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
  • Contractor

    Hirohashi Komuten Lo.,Ltd.
  • Area

    64.02 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Fumihiko Ikemoto © Fumihiko Ikemoto © Fumihiko Ikemoto © Fumihiko Ikemoto +20

Spiralab / KINO Architects

01:00 - 4 January, 2013
Spiralab / KINO Architects, Courtesy of KINO Architects
Courtesy of KINO Architects

Courtesy of KINO Architects Courtesy of KINO Architects Courtesy of KINO Architects Courtesy of KINO Architects +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Masahiro Kinoshita
  • Site Area

    600 ha
  • Building Area

    1,300 ha
  • Total Floor Area

    3,000 ha
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of KINO Architects

Seashore Shell House / Takeshi Hirobe Architects

01:00 - 19 December, 2012
Seashore Shell House / Takeshi Hirobe Architects, Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects
Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects

Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Structural Engineer

    Akira Ouchi /S FORM
  • Constructor

    Kenichi Kataoka/KATAOKAKEN KOMUTEN
  • Area

    73.03 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Takeshi Hirobe Architects

ISM House / I.R.A

08:00 - 30 August, 2012
© Nobuaki Nakagawa
© Nobuaki Nakagawa

Architects: International Royal Architecture Location: Chiba, Japan Design Team: Akinori Kasegai, Daisuke Tsunakawa, Seo Jung Hwan, Kim Jino Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Nobuaki Nakagawa

© Nobuaki Nakagawa © Nobuaki Nakagawa © Nobuaki Nakagawa © Nobuaki Nakagawa +23

House in Yotsukaido / Studio NOA

01:00 - 10 August, 2011
House in Yotsukaido / Studio NOA, Courtesy of  studio noa
Courtesy of studio noa

Courtesy of  studio noa Courtesy of  studio noa Courtesy of  studio noa Courtesy of  studio noa +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chiba, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects

    Studio NOA Architect & Associates
  • Area

    160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of studio noa