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School Architecture: Examples in Plan and Section

For architects, schools are often complex structures to design. They must provide a variety of spaces for education, and also consider sports and recreational activities. But beyond its size or surface, the greatest challenge is to design an area that fosters a positive pedagogical environment for children. Below, a selection of +70 school projects with their drawings to inspire your proposals for learning campuses.

The Same People who Designed Prisons Also Designed Schools

According to architect and academic Frank Locker, in architectural education, we keep repeating the same formula from the 20th-century: teachers transmitting a rigid and basic knowledge that gives students, no matter their motivation, interests, or abilities, little to no direction. In this way, says Locker, we are replicating, literally, prisons, with no room for an integral, flexible, and versatile education.

"What do you think of when you're in a space with closed doors and a hallway where you can't enter without permission or a bell that tells you when you can enter and leave?" asks Locker.

"March of the 100 thousand umbrellas," protest in the context of the student marches of 2011 in Chile. Image © Rafael Edwards [Flickr CC]Lucie Aubrac School / Laurens&Loustau Architectes. Image © Stéphane ChalmeauKirkmichael Primary School / Holmes Miller. Image © Andrew Lee  Saunalahti School / VERSTAS Architects. Image © Tuomas Uusheimo + 9

Mecanoo Wins International Competition to Design the Senezh Management LAB Campus in Russia

Mecanoo was selected as the winner of the international architectural competition for the development of the Senezh Management LAB. The master plan highlights an architecture that responds to its surroundings and generates a rich environment with a diverse variety of functions and spaces.

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Grafton Architects Wins Competition to Design the Anthony Timberlands Center at the University of Arkansas

Grafton Architects was selected as the winning firm to design the Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation at the University of Arkansas. In collaboration with Modus Studio for the planned campus design research center, the design on the project is scheduled to begin this summer.

Coldefy with RDAI | HHCP Selected to Design the National Pulse Memorial & Museum

OnePULSE Foundation has selected Coldefy & Associés with RDAI, Orlando-based HHCP Architects, Xavier Veilhan, dUCKS scéno, Agence TER, and Prof. Laila Farah, to design the National Pulse Memorial & Museum.

Sustainable School Design: How Hamilton + Aitken Architects Maximize Natural Light Using Vectorworks

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“When we started out, our goal was to change the world, to do something that would really make a difference to the lives of people,” said Chad Hamilton, AIA LEED AP BD+C, Principal Architect of Hamilton + Aitken Architects (H+AA). “And education is one of the things that really determines how people live the rest of their lives. “So, for us it’s just a wonderful feeling, to improve kids’ educational spaces.”

Taiwan Chiao Tung University ICT Workshop / Hsu Wei-Yang

East District, Taiwan (ROC)
  • Architects: WAarchi
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Comprehensive Gymnasium of International Campus Zhejiang University / UAD

East facade of the Comprehensive Gymnasium. Image © Qiang Zhao
East facade of the Comprehensive Gymnasium. Image © Qiang Zhao

Overall Effect of Steel-wood Membrane Structure. Image © Qiang ZhaoEnclose inner courtyard. Image © Qiang ZhaoDetails of Steel-wood Membrane Structure. Image © Qiang ZhaoSimple and Modern Facade Windows. Image © Qiang Zhao+ 22

  • Architects: UAD
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  14785
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Stefano Corbo Studio's Design Seeks to Transform a Prague School into an "Autonomous Micro-City"

Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio
Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio

Prague's architecture is known for a patchwork of buildings ranging in styles and eras. A recent proposal for the redesign of the Trojska Skola aims to supplement a similar cohesive attitude to the space. Titled, Dissonant Unity, the project designed by Stefano Corbo Studio explores the ways to incorporate new programs and increased public space to an existing grammar and primary school with an attached sports center, auditorium, and cafeteria.

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Building Better Schools: 6 Ways to Help Our Children Learn

© Velux Group
© Velux Group

Did you know that 64 million European children spend more time at school than anywhere else other than their home? European children spend approximately 200 days each year at their primary schools. With this information, how do we go about designing healthier classrooms that create productive learning environments? This question is perhaps more important than ever, as this will be the first time since the 1970s that Europe and the UK will see a boom in the construction and renovation of schools. What a tremendous opportunity this is for both architects and educators to rethink what an educational facility should be and how the physical environment can be designed to have a positive impact on learning.

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Hilltop Gallery / dEEP Architects

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  • Architects: dEEP Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2600
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Why Our Schools Need Better Architecture

Within the architecture field, the relationship between design and education has gained prominence, especially when it comes to children’s education. The relationship between architecture, philosophy, and sociology is well known. Frequently, when designing, issues introduced by these fields work as tools to reflect upon the relationship between the space and the user. When we consider children’s education, we must go beyond ergonomics and think of architecture as an educational tool.

Steven Holl Architects Chosen to Design University College Dublin Future Campus

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Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects have been announced as winners of the University College Dublin Future Campus Competition, overcoming 98 total entries, and a shortlist of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, John Ronan Architects, O’Donnell + Tuomey, Studio Libeskind, and UNStudio.

The winning design features seven new quadrangles designed around historic features and woodland, integrating sustainable features such as solar connectors and water retention ponds. The competition sought to express UCD’s creative abilities and strengthen its physical presence and identity, signifying a major educational project for the Irish capital.

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15 Inspiring Architecture School Buildings from Around the World

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© Matthew Carbone

Architecture schools and the students they house have a particularly unique and interesting building-user relationship. Architecture students value the buildings of their school not only for providing the valuable work space necessary for constructing studio projects but also as an example and model of a building in use. As the buildings are the places where students first learn how to read and understand architecture, design schools become full-scale teaching tools that help new designers grasp structure, details, how materials perform and interact, and so many of the other core concepts of architecture. While the scrutiny of students and faculty can be exhaustive, architects have embraced the challenge of creating engaging works of architecture that both suit the specific needs of a school and take on the pedagogical challenge of educating students by example.

Early Education Center Near the Horse Farm / L&M Design Lab

Outer side for games. Image © Pengcheng YangCorridor for games. Image © Pengcheng YangStaircase and climbing-wall. Image © Pengcheng YangArc windows from outer side. Image © Pengcheng Yang+ 29

Changning, China
  • Architects: L&M Design Lab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  560
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: 典萌, 博凯

Astronomical Park of Zhenze High School / Specific Architects + Unit Architects

Daliy use of the Astronomical Park. Image © Hengzhong LYU
Daliy use of the Astronomical Park. Image © Hengzhong LYU

Interior of the Astronomy Pavilion. Image © Hengzhong LYUSpiral stairs. Image © Hengzhong LYUAerial view. Image © Hengzhong LYUNight view of  the Planetarium Pavilion. Image © Hengzhong LYU+ 29

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6330
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Alucobond, 上海耀皮玻璃集团股份有限公司, 苏州相城区宫辉古建砖瓦厂

Song Art Museum / Vermilion Zhou Design Group

© Zhi Xia
© Zhi Xia

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Apron