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The New Look Of Temporary Learning Spaces

Temporary school buildings exist for many reasons such as natural disasters, building repairs or to provide extra space for overcrowded schools.

Though meant to be short-term some actually stay up for many years. Numerous temporary classrooms exist worldwide, and there are 300,000 in the U.S. alone that must accommodate an estimated 7.5 million students.

Since they are in fact constructed to fill an interim need, sometimes they can be less than quality fabrications which can make them susceptible to many issues. That’s where Perkins+Will, an architecture and design firm, steps in.

Taking this often overlooked problem and making it their mission to do better for students, their eco-modular classroom design called Sprout Space has upped the expectations for provisional units.

Though perfect for mobile school needs, they are constructed with durability and endurance in mind. They are also made with a focus on current educational and environmental research. Sprout Space reworks the conventional classroom in an updated, eco-focused way that allows the structure to be a contributor and not a hindrance to learning.


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Ventilation and sunlight are naturally worked into the space. This helps the air and lighting quality as well as facilitates students’ focus. The smartly constructed rooftop performs as a rain collection system and educational garden site. There are also solar panels, an energy monitoring system and efficient, bright lighting throughout the indoor open room. The buildings are mold resistant and assembled with sustainable materials that provide the least amount of health and environmental risks.

The mobile spaces are actually net-zero designs, and the company has the future vision of being able to offer fully energy liberated classrooms. This pilot design has been on display and is already gaining attention and demand, though final assessments on the building’s efficiency are still being conducted.

Current estimates place the price tag at $150,000 for only a little over 1000 square feet. That’s a lot of community bake sales, but what you get seems to be a lot of attention to the important details and an ecological and learning based design.

Watch one being installed from beginning to end:

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