Space-defining colour in full sensory force at Dominique & Coulon Associés' Groupe Scolaire Simone Veil building in Colombes, France. Photo: Eugeni Pons
LEARNING BY BUILDING
A recent report published by the UK's Royal Institute of British Architects calls for a greater financial and creative investment in school design. Fine schools make for fine minds.
Our latest international survey of new school architecture demonstrates just how clear the relation between the built environment and behaviour can be.
What's in this newsletter? Event Agenda March 2017 Constructive Thinking: new school architecture Material Tendencies N°36: Morten Schmidt Further articles from the Architonic Magazine Inspiring Search Results N°62: School furniture Inspiring Spaces N°54: Schools Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic
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CONSTRUCTIVE THINKING: NEW SCHOOL ARCHITECTURE Text: Simon Keane-Cowell
Architects get clever, designing innovative and inspiring school environments that change the way students move, think and feel.
Pupils at Henning Larsen Architects and GPP Architects' Frederiksbjerg School in Aarhus, Denmark, scale new heights in a building designed to encourage physical activity. Photo: Hufton+Crow
At the risk of preaching to the converted, architecture has the power to affect its users, not only on a physical and behavioural level, but on affective, emotional one, too.
This we know, right? Why, then, has school design dropped off the agenda for so many national governments? These are environments, which, possibly more than any other building typology, display a direct causality between quality of space and the performance of those who interact with it. Better architecture, better marks. The UK’s RIBA, for one, is lobbying hard for a revitalised building programme for schools. Its Better Spaces for Learning report published last year argues that schools ‘play an important role in widening our outlook and life chances’, calling for a comprehensive review of school-building in the country.
Prestigious London school Dulwich College's new science block – designed by Grimshaw Architects – features an abstract, tiled facade with a rhetorical function, representing as it does the growth pattern of plants. Photo: Daniel Shearing
Following the successful first edition, we welcome the return of space&interiors, the only event linked with the Salone del Mobile.Milano and entirely centred on architectural finishes. The Mall Porta Nuova, in the heart of Milan’sBrera Design District is the venue of this visually stunning showcase for top notch doors, handles, paint and decorating supplies, windows, wall coverings, finishes and interior architecture. From Tuesday, 4 April to Saturday, 8 April 2017 space&interiors will shine the spotlight on a sector that is attracting increasing attention from designers and architects.
The “Absolute Lightness” exhibit, created by Migliore+Servetto Architects, shows how different manufacturers embed the concept of weightlessness into their products and solutions.
A special lounge area will host “Archicocktails” evenings.
N°36: MORTEN SCHMIDT
A building revolves around people. This is the focal point of Danish Architecture practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s work. The Architonic team recently caught up with Morten Schmidt to find out which building material is particularly popular at the moment.
Morten Schmidt: Timber will take a big turn, there is no doubt. Universities around the world, in countries that are known for having a lot of trees and production of timber, they are investing in researching how to develop the timber into something that can load, for instance, which can span longer, grow faster and which can be fire-protected in a better and more healthy way.
The Wuppertal firm of sooii creates perfect 3-D visualisations for architecture, interiors and products. Thanks to the latest technical features there are no longer any perceptible differences to conventional photographs.
AMBIENTE 2017: CURRENTLY TRENDING Text: Britta Rohlfing
From 10 to 14 February 2017, the consumer goods fair AMBIENTE in Frankfurt am Main will present current product design trends for visitors to discover. Stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano has identified four different design streams which reflect these developments.
On the subject of lighting alone EUROSHOP in Düsseldorf, the leading international trade show for retail and shop design, offers so many attractive hotspots that it is an essential date in the diaries not just of architects who specialise in shop fitting.