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These 2 Educational Centers Make The Grade

Schools are fundamental places that house creativity, knowledge and social interaction. Designing for educational venues can often be a challenge, as there are many considerations to be addressed.

Given their proactive approaches to education, but also in promoting environmental awareness and global citizenship, the following are designs to be modeled after.

The Green School, located in Kfar Saba, Israel, has built sustainability into the curriculum. Designed by Knafo Klimor Architects, there is a focus on the environment and fostering a sense of community.

These 2 Educational Centers Make The Grade

Image source: kkarc.com

Accommodating children in the 1st through 6th grades, the layout includes laboratories and a library in addition to classroom space. Learning sections have also been extended outdoors into a courtyard area. In addition to typical schoolyard playgrounds, this one also features an agricultural section to incorporate science and nature into everyday lesson plans.

The school was built without the use of materials treated with toxic chemicals and includes rainwater collection, a geothermal and grey water system and has green roofs. The building also effectively utilizes natural lighting throughout.

The sustainable space also goes beyond the school, as the surrounding neighborhood has incorporated sensible approaches also, like being within walking distance of the school.

Another innovative design and approach to learning can be found at the Ama’r Children’s Culture House in København, Denmark. Architects Dorte Mandrup created the space in collaboration with other designers, including input in the process from local children.

These 2 Educational Centers Make The Grade

Image source: dortemandrup.dk

The educational space is for children up through age 18 and includes various cultural centered activities and sections to encourage spatial development.

Interestingly constructed, it is designed to mimic the structure of a mountain. The building has no set entryway or exit, and the open layout feels spacious and encourages exploration. It was designed to allow natural sunlight to filter into the adjacent courtyard area by lowering the middle portion and extending the ends to the nearby structures.

The interior has been specifically selected to develop creativity and social interaction, and furniture, structures and activities are included that optimize these qualities.

These 2 Educational Centers Make The Grade

Image source: dortemandrup.dk

A community wide methodology and environmental approach to education is something lacking in many school systems. While often schools are overloaded in just meeting daily tasks, having a space initially set up for inclusion of ecological and cultural facets to education is an ideal situation.

It also looks really fun.

These 2 Educational Centers Make The Grade

Image source: Torben Eskerod via archdaily.com

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