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The King’s School International College / Walters & Cohen Architects

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Canterbury, United Kingdom

Kingston University Town House / Grafton Architects

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  • Architects: Grafton Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  9400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Poorly Designed Acoustics in Schools Affect Learning Efficiency and Well-being

Few things irritate us more than exposure to excessive noise or inability to hear what we need to hear. Whether it's a nearby construction site, highway traffic, air conditioning, or a neighbor learning saxophone, research shows that noise can contribute to cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, headaches, hormonal changes, sleep disturbance, reduced physical and mental performance, and the reduction of well-being. On the other hand, in an acoustically "comfortable" environment, in addition to listening to what we want, we focus better and feel calmer.

The concern about creating acoustically comfortable environments is often relegated to cinemas, concert halls and recording studios. But it is particularly important in learning environments, such as classrooms, as it directly influences the teaching-learning relationship. Acoustic discomfort can harm the process of knowledge acquisition, interfering with attention and worsening student-teacher communication.

The Threshold, The Secondary School / Paralelo Colectivo. Image © Luis Barandiarán Sandal Magna Community Primary School / Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. Image © Mark Hadden Photography Sandringham Primary School / Walters & Cohen. Image © Dennis Gilbert / VIEW Sonia Delaunay School / ADEN architectes. Image © Sergio Grazia + 9

Dorothy Garrod Building / Walters & Cohen Architects

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Cambridge, United Kingdom

Zinc-Coated Buildings: 20 Recyclable and Durable Facades

Zinc is a natural element extracted from ores. Its symbol, which appears in the dreaded Periodic Table, is Zn. Through a metallurgical process of burning its impurities (reducing zinc oxide and refining), it assumes a much more friendly appearance, and later becomes the sheets, coils, and rollers used in construction. The main characteristic of this material is its malleability, which allows it to be worked easily, allowing to cover complex forms in facades and roofs of buildings.

Reigate Grammar School / Walters & Cohen Architects

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London, United Kingdom

Sandringham Primary School / Walters & Cohen

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London Borough of Newham, United Kingdom
  • Architects: Walters & Cohen
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  690
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Arts Building for The American School in London / Walters & Cohen Architects

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London, United Kingdom