How do you make school fun and sustainable in the age of technology? S.Misagh Architecture and Planning's design for an Iranian village school creates an edgy alternative to the antiquated classroom. The firm's three principle concepts for their Deh-e Now Village School — identity, knowledge, and the natural environment— allow students an array of opportunities for interactive engagement with their surroundings.
By connecting educational spaces to the public space, the architects hope to foster effortless interactions between students, faculty, and parents. In a plan to create zero hierarchy between these sectors, the firm promotes a single identity as a "coherent framework central to the nurture of the children."
All the spaces are designed to provide opportunities to experience and discover through playing games, socializing and cooperating with others, and sustainably using natural resources, the firm writes.
In addition to the the two yards (village yard and play-yard), the classrooms and administrative spaces distinguish four distinct zones within the school — all adapted for creative development and learning processes on a daily basis. Six classrooms overlook the central courtyard, whose ground was designed with various textures to inspire children's imaginations.
The ground floor plan attempts to convey three key features to the environment: climate, local culture, and rural lifestyle. While the students become acquainted with the fundamental elements surrounding them, the students will garner greater appreciation, writes the firm. Further encouraging growth, a small agricultural area is used for testing various cultivation methods before planting them in large scale.
Serving as a meeting entrance for the school, the final zone "Administrative, Scientific, and Public Spaces," welcomes a multitude of activities including a public space for socializing within the village. The semi-open space blurs the line between outside and inside, benefitting village events and parent-teacher meetings.
The firm also looked at site layout to design in accordance with the grid of the natural landscape. Their attention to climate played into structural decisions as well as their dedication to natural elements.
LocationJiroft, Kerman Province, Iran
Architect in ChargeSalman Zangeneh
PhotographsCourtesy of S.Misagh Architecture & Planning
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