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Educational Architecture: The Latest Architecture and News

A Three-Dimensional 'Learning Landscape' and a Soviet-Inspired Architecture School: 10 Unbuilt Educational Facilities Submitted to ArchDaily

This week’s curated selection of Best Unbuilt Architecture highlights educational architecture submitted by the ArchDaily community. From preschools to higher education institutes, this article explores how architects shifted towards fostering individual creativity, critical thinking, and exploration, and presents projects submitted to us from all over the world.

Featuring a secluded kindergarten in the Icelandic mountains, a vibrantly-colored playschool in the industrial city of Shenzhen, and a Florentine high school with a flow of natural sunlight, this round-up explores how architects prioritize student well being and comfort in spaces that promote productivity, learning, and creativity. The selection also includes preschools, high schools, and academies in France, United States, Egypt, Kazakhstan, and Israel.

Wuzhou Primary School. Image Courtesy of PAO ArchitectsWuzhou Primary School. Image Courtesy of PAO ArchitectsNeal Math & Science Academy. Image Courtesy of JGMA & PixelKindergarten Combloux. Image Courtesy of SPACES Architecture+ 124

Akshar Arbol International School / KSM Architecture

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"Blurring Out Boundaries Between Domestic and Institution": In Conversation with Korean Pavilion Curator Hae-Won Shin at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale

The 17th Venice Architecture Biennale is currently unfolding, and its 60 national pavilions reveal a wide range of answers to the question "How will we live together". This year's edition restates the Biennale's role as a platform for inquiry, prompting a collective re-evaluation of pressing issues such as migration, inequality, climate change or the role of technology. While in Venice, Archdaily met virtually within the Korean pavilion with curator Hae-Won Shin, as the pandemic prevented the exhibition's creators to be present at the Biennale. The conversation explored the thinking behind "Future School" and how it creates a framework for collective learning and exploration.

IGC Tay Ninh School / KIENTRUC O

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Thành phố Tây Ninh, Vietnam
  • Architects: KIENTRUC O
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  16519
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Dongnai Brick, Dulux ICI Paint, Xingfa
  • Professionals: KIENTRUC O

Henning Larsen Breaks Ground on Denmark's First Ecolabel School

Located in Denmark’s Lolland-Falster region, Henning Larsen's New School in Sundby marked the commencement of a historic project for the country's sustainable educational-facility architecture. The primary school is set to be the largest construction project in Guldborgsund Municipality that ensures high sustainability parameters and community engagement. The school is expected to open its doors at the end of summer 2022, welcoming over 580 students in a nature-oriented premises.

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Korean Pavilion at the 2021 Venice Biennale Reimagines Traditional Schools

Titled "Future School", the Korean Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale Di Venezia, transforms the structure into an explorative academic facility. Curated by Hae-Won Shin, the pavilion will be on display at the Giardini from May 22nd until November 21st, 2021.

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University of Pretoria - Akanyang / Two Five Five Architects

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Antioquia's Educational Parks: 13 Examples of Learning-Centered Infrastructure in Colombia

Educational architecture is crucial for creating spaces that, not only nurture and mold the minds of the future generations, but also provide spaces for the wider public to come and share knowledge and ideas. 

Izuminomori Kindergarten / Hiroto Suzuki architects and associates

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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