Buddhanimit Temple extension contains dormitory for novice monks

A team of local architects has added new amenities to a temple school in rural Thailand, using affordable materials and parts of an existing building to keep project costs down. Architects Skarn Chaiyawat, Rina Shindo and Witee Wisuthumporn designed a dormitory for the school at Buddhanimit Temple, which is located near the city of Udon

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Benni Allan gives his old school a facelift for just £1,000

Architect Benni Allan has used colourfully painted panels to create an all-new facade for his former school in Alicante, Spain, on a very meagre budget. The London-based Estudio B founder sourced corrugated bitumen panels and painted them in varying shades of red and pink, to create a new exterior for the 30-year-old prefabricated building where the

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Amelia Tavella Architectes completes stone and timber school in Corsica

A combination of traditional stone walls and surfaces wrapped in pine battens help the Groupe Scolaire à Strega school in Corsica blend in with the surrounding wooded landscape. Amelia Tavella Architectes designed the school for a site in the Corsican village of Santa-Maria-Siché. Located on the edge of the village in the island’s Corse-du-Sud region, the

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Yellow metal walls wrap Animo South Los Angeles High School by Brooks + Scarpa

Architecture firm Brooks + Scarpa has reconstructed a high school in Los Angeles after it was destroyed by a fire, choosing a bright yellow finish for its aluminium facades. Animo South Los Angeles High School is wrapped in anodised-aluminium panels that all carry the same bold shade of yellow, making the complex dramatically stand out

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A+I designs New York City school with colourful panels and tiered seating

New York studio Architecture + Information has completed a school in Manhattan, using colour to differentiate between public and private spaces, and create an environment that is “playful, not childish”. AltSchool is an educational startup that was founded in 2014 with locations in New York and San Francisco. Its teaching methodology is intended to respond

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Sliding doors connect classrooms by Studio Weave to playground and woods

This school by Studio Weave features a scalloped roofline and double doors that slide back to connect the classrooms with their woodland setting on the outskirts of London. The Hackney-based architecture studio created the classrooms with curving roofs for Belvue School, a mixed-gender secondary school for children with moderate to severe learning difficulties. The school had previously

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Zaha Hadid Architects will use robots to build barrel-vaulted school in rural China

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled plans for a primary school in China’s mountainous Jiangxi province, which will feature a series of barrel-vaulted classrooms built in part by robots. Lushan Primary School will be situated 160 kilometres north-west of the province’s capital, Nanchuang, and perched on a small peninsula. It will be able to accommodate up

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Glass walls create visual connection between Strasbourg sports hall and its surroundings

Dominique Coulon & Associés has completed a sports centre for a school in Strasbourg, featuring a pair of double-height halls that project upwards from a concrete-and-glass base. Dominique Coulon’s practice designed the building for a school created for the children of the international civil servants who work at the nearby European Parliament and European Court of

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Geometric brick-clad boarding house by MICA references its traditional neighbours

British architecture studio MICA has completed a boarding house in the grounds of Stowe School in England, featuring an assemblage of pale-brick volumes including a cylindrical tower and glazed bridge. Stowe School is an independent school in Stowe, Buckinghamshire, which was founded in 1923 and is situated within 750 acres of landscaped gardens that also

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Stefano Boeri Architetti to design 24-hour schools in Albanian capital

Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed three schools in Albania’s capital city, Tirana, that will remain open around the clock to double as community hubs. While schools typically are shut to the public after classes end, Italian studio Stefano Boeri Architetti has proposed making use of the buildings 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. After school

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Domed sports hall by Sporadical is covered in scale-like aluminium shingles

Reflective aluminium panels cover the rounded shell of this school sports hall near Prague, helping to disguise its scale. The sports hall, designed by local architecture office Sporadical, adjoins a recently modernised and extended primary school in the town of Dolní Břežany, to the south of the Czech capital. In addition to providing a space for

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Hawkins\Brown uses engineered wood to build swimming pool for City of London Freemen’s School

Architecture firm Hawkins\Brown used two types of engineered timber to build this swimming facility at a school in Surrey, England. Located at the City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead, the swimming pool building boasts an exposed timber frame that incorporates windows looking out onto the surrounding woodland. Hawkins\Brown chose materials and construction methods to complement the building’s natural

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Mirrored panels and stripy tiles cover walls of Spanish school by ABLM Arquitectos

Spanish studio ABLM Arquitectos used mirrored panels to create an “almost invisible” upper floor for this school in the city of Salamanca, but the lower storey covered in stripes of brightly coloured tiling. The locally based architects designed the 2,600-square-metre building for a neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city in north-west Spain, which is transforming into an

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School extension by DSDHA features rough-edged timber cladding and outdoor learning spaces

This new building added to a school in the English town of Beaconsfield by London architecture office DSDHA flanks a tree-lined playground and is clad in waney-edged timber to give it a natural appearance. DSDHA was invited to oversee the final phase of a 20-year masterplan at Davenies School, which was established in 1940 and

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New Sandy Hook school is designed to “prevent unwanted intrusions of any kind”

Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the site of the 2012 shooting that killed 20 children and six adults, has been rebuilt by architects Svigals + Partners to incorporate the latest anti-terror measures. Working alongside the traumatised community of Newtown, Svigals + Partners designed the outside of the school to include a long walkway through

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Diébédo Francis Kéré says school that launched his career is “not a traditional African building”

In this exclusive movie produced by Dezeen, Serpentine Pavilion architect Diébédo Francis Kéré reveals how building a school for his home village in Burkina Faso was the starting point for his career. Kéré was born in a village named Gando, a village on the east side of the African country. While studying to become an architect in Germany, back

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NL Architects completes Belgian school featuring low-lying rooms surrounded by a colonnade

A pyramidal turfed roof tops one of several teaching and administrative spaces clustered around a multipurpose hall at this school in the Belgian city of Knokke-Heist by Amsterdam studio NL Architects. The Scholencampus De Vonk was designed by NL Architects to accommodate the merger of two primary schools in the Flemish coastal city. The building

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Lille school extension by LT2A features porthole-like windows and golden details

Architecture studio LT2A has added a brick extension to a school near Lille, featuring an entrance sheltered by an anodised-aluminium canopy, and circular windows that provide glimpses of courtyard gardens. Located southwest of the city in the suburb of Loos, the old school is set among large blocks of social housing that were erected in the 1970s. The

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OMA builds city-inspired engineering school for Ecole Centrale Paris

Rem Koolhaas’ firm looked at urban-design patterns when drawing up plans for this laboratory building at an engineering school on the outskirts of Paris. Called Lab City, the building was designed by OMA to provide a new facility for Ecole Centrale Paris, a French university that specialises in science and engineering. But the design team – led by

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CF Møller covers Copenhagen school in 12,000 solar panels

Scandinavian firm CF Møller has designed a school on Copenhagen’s waterfront, which is almost completely covered in blue-tinged solar panels that shimmer like sequins in the sunlight.  CF Møller designed the Copenhagen International School for Nordhavn – a harbour currently under renovation in the Danish city. Thousands of solar panels enveloping the stacked-block formation of the school are tilted in opposing directions

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Arching bamboo trusses are left exposed in Chiang Mai sports hall to create a “feast to the eye”

Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction modelled the segmented and undulating roof of this bamboo sports hall at a school in Chiang Mai in Thailand on the petals of a lotus flower. Local bamboo specialists Chiangmai Life Architects and Construction designed the Bamboo Sports Hall for the Panyaden International School, which educates primary school-aged children using buddhist principles. Located among rice fields, a 15

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Feilden Clegg Bradley creates barn-inspired art building at Bedales School in Hampshire

A building with a row of pitched roofs forms Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ art and design block at Bedales School – a liberal independent school on the edge of the South Downs National Park in Hampshire, England. Clad in rough-sawn Siberian larch, the Bedales School Art and Design Building is constructed around a 300-year-old oak tree

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Portakabin builds temporary school for pupils of academy next to Grenfell Tower

A temporary secondary school is being built to accommodate students of Kensington Aldridge Academy, a school next to Grenfell Tower, which has been shut ever since the devastating fire last month. UK company Portakabin is using its modular construction system to build the school just over a mile away, next to Wormwood Scrubs – an open space in the London Borough of

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Low-cost school for 3,000 children planned at Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

A school for Syrian refugees is set to be built at a camp in Jordan, using a modular and re-deployable construction system developed with the help of former Architecture for Humanity director Cameron Sinclair. Italian non-profit organisation Building Peace Foundation is behind the construction of the school building, which will be the 10th facility it has completed at the Za’atari

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Diébédo Francis Kéré uses local materials for ring-shaped school in Burkina Faso

Wind-catching towers emerge from the circular rippled roof of this brick and wood school building in Koudougou, Burkina Faso, which was designed by the architect of this year’s Serpentine Pavilion, Diébédo Francis Kéré. Berlin- and Burkina Faso-based Kéré designed the Lycée Schorge Secondary School for a site on the outskirts on Koudougou – the West African

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Haverstock extends school on London’s modernist Alexandra Road Estate

British architecture studio Haverstock has added new facilities to a school on the historic Alexandra Road Estate in London’s Camden, built by architect Neave Brown in the 1970s. The Camden-based studio added new therapy rooms and short-stay accommodation for up to 50 young people with autism and learning difficulties to the Jack Taylor School, which first opened in 1978 at

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Vision unveiled for London school powered by Thames tide

Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture has drawn up plans for “London’s greenest public building”, a school that would be entirely powered using the tidal movements of the River Thames. The conceptual plans for the Thames Tidal Powered School involve a building that juts out over London’s principle waterway. A series of large turbines positioned underneath would then allow

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Studio B pairs weathering steel with red cedar for extension to remote Colorado school

Earthy materials and soft interior light define these new buildings that American firm Studio B created for a primary school situated in an American mountain valley. Aspen Community School is located in Woody Creek, a remote village situated northwest of Aspen, Colorado. The school occupies a 25-acre (10 hectare) site surrounded by trees and mountains. “The elevated

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Big-top tents inform building for America’s first circus degree programme

Traditional, round circus tents influenced the design of this performance and educational facility for the circus arts, designed by US studio Höweler + Yoon Architecture. Intended to be built in Portland, Maine, the Circus Conservatory building will house America’s first accredited degree programme in circus arts. The facility will be the main tenant on a peninsula slated for

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Red cycle path by NEXT and Rudy Uytenhaak snakes over Utrecht school and canal

This vivid red bicycle track was designed by NEXT Architects and Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau to wind over the roof of a school in the Dutch city of Utrecht, and continues to bridge over a canal. Amsterdam-based NEXT Architects and Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau integrated the cycle and pedestrian bridge with a school and a public garden to provide a new route across the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal. “In one

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García and Soler give Chilean school a new look with light chimneys and metal cladding

Architects Guillermo Hevia García and Nicolás Urzúa Soler have overhauled a school in central Chile, adding large skylights to an existing building and creating a new pavilion with a glass wall. The Alianza Francesa Jean Mermoz School and Pavilion is located in the city of Curicó, in the country’s central Maule region. The project entailed

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MIT named world’s top architecture school for third year

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has taken the number one spot as world’s leading architecture school for the third year running, according to new global rankings. The US institute topped the leaderboard of architecture schools in the QS University Rankings, beating the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Delft University of Technology, which placed second and third respectively. London’s Royal College of Art

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Hibinosekkei installs micro-house in Japanese kindergarten to encourage independent play

Japanese studio Hibinosekkei has added a small wooden playhouse to a kindergarten in the city of Saga to encourage independent domestic role play. Atsugi-based Hibinosekkei designed the small gabled playhouse within the open-plan corridors of the school. The 15-square-metre space houses toy versions of the typical amenities used to carry out household chores. The structure is made entirely from unfinished pine, with the exterior clad in

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Walls with integrated furniture and yellow nooks encourage play in Madrid school

Children can nestle into yellow alcoves and pull wooden furniture out of the walls at this school in Madrid by Rica Studio, which uses play to teach the English language. Local architects Rica Studio designed the two-storey Madrid flagship of the English for Fun linguistic school, aiming to booster the schoolchildren’s creativity, imaginations and stimulate all five senses. The centre

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FEA Studio installs “cloud-like” sports hall in mountainous landscape of northern Iran

The corners of this aluminium-clad sports hall near the Iranian city of Bastam lift up from the earth to lend the irregular form a “cloud-like” appearance. The hall was designed by Tehran-based FEA Studio for the Noor-e Mobin Educational and Cultural Institute – a non-profit private boys school based in Bastam. Apart from a boundary wall and gatehouses, the sports

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Walters & Cohen covers housing for English boarding house in rusty-red tiles

Handmade clay tiles cover this gabled accommodation block, which London firm Walters & Cohen has added to a boarding school in the English city of Canterbury. The prestigious independent King’s School asked Walters & Cohen to increase capacity for female boarding pupils on the site, which is set within the precinct of Canterbury Cathedral. The studio was responsible for two

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FAAB proposes “smog-eating” music school for Kraków

Polish studio FAAB has developed a concept for a music school in Kraków featuring angular volumes covered with a mossy roof designed to absorb large amounts of airborne pollutants. The designs developed as part of a competition entry by Warsaw architects FAAB depict the Kraków Music Academy as a group of three faceted structures occupying the site

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Selgascano-designed pavilion transformed into school for Kenya’s Kibera slum

A colourful pavilion designed by Spanish architect duo Selgascano has been shipped from a Copenhagen art museum to Africa’s largest slum, where it now serves as a school for 600 orphaned children. As revealed in these exclusive photographs by Iwan Baan, the pavilion constructed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art has been

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South Melbourne Primary School will feature no formal classrooms says architect Ann Lau

In our final movie from the World Architecture Festival 2016, architect Ann Lau explains how Australian firm Hayball plans to create collaborative learning spaces in the Melbourne school that was named Future Project of the Year last month. South Melbourne Primary School, due to be completed in early 2018 in Melbourne, Australia, is billed by

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Law Architects creates “homesteads” to house Woodleigh School teaching spaces

A+Awards: this trio of small buildings, which were lauded at the 2016 Architizer A+Awards, were designed by Australian firm Law Architects for an independent school on the Mornington Peninsula. The project involved the creation of new facilities for the Woodleigh School, which opened in the 1970s on a 20-hectare site that was recently classified as

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Shingle-clad school by (Se)arch Architekten is set around a cobbled courtyard

Stuttgart studio (Se)arch Architekten has completed a school and daycare centre in the German town of Tübingen, featuring cedar-shingled facades and a cobbled entrance courtyard. The education centre is situated in a wooded area on the banks of the Neckar river, from which the town’s castle and old town are visible across the water. It comprises

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Herzog & de Meuron wins contest for new Royal College of Art campus

Herzog & de Meuron has been selected to design the new Royal College of Art campus in Battersea, southwest London. The Swiss firm led by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron – ranked fourth in the Dezeen Hot List – won an invited competition to design the £108 million Battersea South campus for the Royal College of

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Walters & Cohen combines fluted stone and glass at London’s American School

Fluted stone panels form a frame around a huge window in the facade of this building designed by Walters & Cohen Architects for the American School in London. Walters & Cohen Architects won an invited competition to design the arts building at the school’s campus in the St John’s Wood area of north London. The stone

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Tibetan school in China is clad is stone to match mountainous setting

Chinese studio Livil Architects has added a monolithic stone-clad canteen featuring cave-like interiors and an office building to a school in the town of Batang, Tibet. Batang People’s Primary School is an educational facility designed to accommodate Tibetan students from the town, which is located in the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in China’s Sichuan province. The

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CEBRA completes Danish school with jagged roofs and stripy green walls

Vibrant green stripes and angular roofs add character to the exterior of this school that architecture firm CEBRA has completed in Aabybro, Denmark (+ slideshow). Aarhus-based CEBRA designed the Aabybro School for the Jammerbugt Municipality, which is located near Aalborg at the very top of the Jutland peninsula. The architects gave the school a roof with multiple gables to match More

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Studiohuerta creates “anti-seismic” Center for Postgraduate Studies at Mexico’s Cetys University

Sat close to the San Andreas fault line, this postgraduate education centre by US firm Studiohuerta features thick walls to help minimise damage from earthquakes (+ slideshow). The Center for Postgraduate Studies at Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (Cetys) University is located in the city of Mexicali – close to the US border. The More

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Bark cladding and clashing colours create “joyful chaos” in school by Dominique Coulon & Associés

Hot pink and orange paintwork accentuate niches in the wooden facade of this school designed by French office Dominique Coulon & Associés for the Parisian suburb of Colombes (+ slideshow). The Groupe Scolaire Simone Veil building hosts a 12-classroom primary school and a nine-room nursery, alongside a shared canteen, library and bright orange sports hall. The building straddles the maintenance More

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Timber and glass dormitory building nestles among trees in a Paris park

Paris firm Belus & Hénocq Architectes has added a timber-clad educational centre and student dormitory to a boarding school, which sits in a landscaped park in the Saint-Denis area of Paris (+ slideshow). The Maison d’Education de la Légion d’Honneur of Saint-Denis was founded by the French emperor Napoléon Bonaparte and inaugurated in 1811. It is More

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Kunlé Adeyemi docks Makoko Floating School at the Venice Biennale

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi has been awarded the Silver Lion for bringing his floating school to the Venice Biennale, as part of his ongoing research into building for flood-prone regions (+ slideshow). Adeyemi and his studio NLÉ developed an “improved, prefabricated and industrialised iteration” of the Makoko Floating School in Lagos, Nigeria, adapting its engineering to suit the More

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Bands of corduroy-textured concrete wrap GPY Arquitectos’ undulating art school in Tenerife

Swathes of ribbed concrete and glass form curvaceous walls and a spiralling walkway for this art faculty at a Tenerife university, designed by local studio GPY Arquitectos (+ slideshow). GPY was asked to create the 32,000-square-metre Faculty of Fine Arts for the University of La Laguna, which is located in the northeast of Spain’s largest Canary Island. The new facility stands on the More

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Bad UK school design is wasting £150 million each year, claims RIBA

Substandard UK schools are wasting millions, fostering bad behaviour in pupils, and causing one in five teachers to consider leaving their post, claims a new report from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Published today, the RIBA’s Better Spaces for Learning report highlights the shortcomings of the school design programme put in place by the UK government following More

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H Arquitectes upgrades 1950s school building in Spain with a new facade

Spanish studio H Arquitectes has renovated and extended a tired mid-century school building in Catalonia, adding a new facade of concrete blocks and slatted screens (+ slideshow). H Arquitectes was tasked with reviving a 1959-built structure at the 906 School in Sabadell, just outside Barcelona. The aim was to improve the facilities used by pre-school children and introduce some additional outdoor spaces. The More

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Glossy green bricks lend woven texture to Belgian primary school by Areal Architecten

Glazed mint-green bricks alternate to create a basketweave pattern across the walls of this school building by Areal Architecten, which also frames a series of terraces and covered play spaces (+ slideshow). The Antwerp studio added the block to provide extra classrooms and a multipurpose hall for an existing primary school in the Belgian town of Boom. The small green glazed bricks cover the building’s More

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Asif Khan adds elevated wooden play area to east London primary school

To provide children at this primary school with more room to play, London designer Asif Khan has created a stilted structure that stands two metres above the playground (+ slideshow). Khan, whose two children attend Chisenhale Primary in London’s Tower Hamlets, designed the addition following a conversation with the school’s headteacher. Due to lack of More

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HawkinsBrown designs pool that will give the sense of “swimming amongst the trees”

A cross-laminated timber roof covers this six-lane swimming pool, which London firm HawkinsBrown plans to add to a school in Surrey (+ slideshow). The 25-metre pool is the second phase of the masterplan developed by HawkinsBrown’s for the City of London Freemen’s School, which has already seen the completion of a new boarding house and More

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Branch Studio Architects embellishes school “flyover” with concertinaed Corten screen

This weathering steel bridge by Branch Studio Architects spans a quadrangle at a secondary school in Melbourne’s western suburbs, forming an art gallery and viewpoint for students en route to class (+ slideshow). The Melbourne studio was asked to overhaul the pre-existing neglected corridor, converting it into the Flyover Gallery. The structure bridges the 21-metre gap between More

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School dining hall by De Rosee Sa and PMR recreates Fantastic Mr Fox’s underground village

A rainbow-coloured facade shaped like a row of houses fronts this school dining hall in southeast England, designed by UK studios De Rosee Sa and PMR to reference the stories of Roald Dahl (+ slideshow). Named Little Hall, the extension to Prestwood Infant School in Buckinghamshire contains a kitchen and servery providing hot school meals for up to 96 More

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Valerio Dewalt Train uses stone and glass to build angular arts building in Chicago

US firm Valerio Dewalt Train Associates has completed a stone and glass arts centre in Chicago for a progressive private school for children (+ slideshow).  The building, called the Gordon Park Arts Hall, is located on the main campus for the University of Chicago Laboratory School, often referred to as Lab School. It serves as a More

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Grimshaw unveils plans for high-rise school complex on Sydney’s outskirts

Architecture firm Grimshaw has designed a 14-storey school complex for New South Wales, which it describes as a “totally new typology” (+ slideshow). The British firm is partnering with Australian office BVN on the project, expected to become the first high-rise education facility in the Australian state. The new complex will bring together two existing education facilities – the Arthur Phillip More

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Sports hall for Escola Gavina school in Spain features multi-hued clay and glass tiles

Colourful glass discs are embedded in the clay-tile facade of this school hall near Valencia, so on sunny days colourful shadow patterns are cast across the floor inside (+ slideshow). The Multipurpose Educational Hall was designed by local architects Carmen Martínez Gregori, Carmel Gradolo Martínez and Arturo Sanz Martínez as a venue for sports and events at Escola Gavina, More

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Squire and Partners celebrates craftsmanship with school design and technology workshop

London firm Squire and Partners has revived traditional building techniques and combined them with contemporary details to create a workshop for a school in south-east England (+ slideshow). The new Design and Technology block at St James’ School in Ashford, Kent, features a timber-frame structure that makes use of pegged mortise and tenon joints. But More

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Parisian dance school by Lankry Architectes features faceted metal walls

Folded tiles of perforated metal envelop this dance school in Paris by Lankry Architectes, creating a pattern of triangular facets (+ slideshow). Dance School Aurélie Dupont fits into the narrow slot between a supermarket and a four-storey apartment building in Joinville-le-Pont, a suburb in the southeast of the city. West Paris-based Lankry Architectes set the dance More

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SOM designs first net-zero energy school in New York City on Staten Island

Architecture firm SOM has completed the first public school in New York City that generates as much energy on site as it consumes (+ slideshow). Called the Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability, the 444 seat, 68,000-square-foot (6,317-square-metres) primary school is located on Staten Island, the least populated of New York City’s five boroughs. Set More

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SHoP designs schools for earthquake-ravaged areas of Nepal

SHoP Architects has partnered with two nonprofit organisations to rebuild 50 public schools in areas of Nepal that were devastated by the April 2015 earthquake (+ slideshow). The New York-based firm has teamed up with Kids of Kathmandu and Asia Friendship Network for the project, with construction of the first two schools slated to begin More

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Mulroy Architects completes timber-clad rowing centre for Oxford school

A pool with a stationary boat on top is the centrepiece of this rowing centre designed by Mulroy Architects for a private boarding school in Oxfordshire, England (+ movie). The London-based firm created the Radley College Rowing Centre to provide a year-round training facility for the school’s rowing teams. The single-storey building is located on an elevated plot beside the school’s More

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Splattered paintwork inspired by Jackson Pollock covers concrete music school in France

Paint was thrown at the walls of this concrete music, drama and dance school in eastern France by Dominique Coulon & Associés, creating a veined pattern based on the paintings of abstract artist Jackson Pollock (+ slideshow). The Strasbourg firm headed up by architect Dominique Coulon designed the Henri Dutilleux Conservatoire of Music, Dance and Dramatic Arts for a plot on the More

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Circular perforations create natural spotlights inside Elisa Valero’s concrete school extension

Tiny porthole windows pierce this concrete extension to a Grenada primary school by Elisa Valero Arquitectura – a protective measure against stray balls from the adjacent sports court (+ slideshow). Columns of circular openings help to shade the windows from the strong sunlight, but are too small for wayward balls to easily get through. They cast polka-dot patterns of […]

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AP+E’s Hedge School outdoor classroom brings back 18th-century teaching methods

Architecture studio AP+E has created an amphitheatre of timber columns for use as an outdoor teaching space for a primary school in Carlow, Ireland (+ slideshow). Named Hedge School, the pavilion was the winning design in a competition to create an interactive structure suitable for all the pupils. The name refers to Irish hedge schools from the 18th and […]

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Jun Sekino replaces earthquake-damaged school in Thailand with stilted classrooms

Bangkok-based architect Jun Sekino designed these elevated classrooms in northern Thailand in response to a severe earthquake, which destroyed the school’s original building (+ slideshow). The earthquake struck Chiang Rai Province in May 2014, ruining 73 schools and leaving over 2,000 students without classrooms. A programme was set up by charity Design for Disasters (D4D) to build nine […]

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Earthquake-resistant school in Thailand raised up on stilts by Vin Varavarn Architects

Built in the wake of an earthquake, this secondary school in northern Thailand by Vin Varavarn Architects is shaped like a roof and raised above the ground on metal stilts (+ slideshow). A severe earthquake hit the Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand in May 2014, destroying 73 schools and displacing over 2,000 students. Disaster-relief charity Design for Disasters responded by launching […]

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