Educational Design Without Boundaries!
I mentioned on twitter last week that kids these days really do have the time of it, awesome theme parks, cool toy stores, innovative interactive centers and now even schools are being designed in such a way that I stamp my feet and I pout with nothing but sheer jealously of the kids of today. I remember being at school and it all being rather dreary and drab, yellow walls, cold tiled floor, rotten beige tinges as far as the eyes could see and the most uncomfortable desks and chairs. In those day technology or innovation was when you got to watch a VHS on the last day of school before the break of term, now kids have iPads as educational tools. Forgive me if I sound like a jealous ranter, but that is what I am, a completely jealous ranter.
The jealousy was brought about further by today’s amazing feature project, and when I say amazing I mean
The Vittra Telefonplan School in Stockholm, or as it is more affectionately known as, “the school without walls” was designed by Rosan Bosch, the project has had heads turning in the design and architecture circles for many weeks now and when you see the images below you can tell why. It is not hard to see why we love this design as every image below should convince you to love it as much as we do. (I hope)
The interior takes it point of departure in Vittra’s pedagogical principles and serves as a pedagogical tool for development in the everyday of the school. Instead of classical divisions with chairs and tables, a giant iceberg for example serves as cinema, platform and room for relaxation, and sets the frame for many different types of learning. Moreover, flexible laboratories make it possible to work hands-on with themes and projects.
Not only is this an awesome project that I believe will make a huge difference to these children, it is also an example of exception interior architecture and design, a design that although is a school it is not a design that would look out of place at one of the many large tech companies HQ’s in Palo Alto California. Check out the cool images below, I challenge you to not become as jealous as I became by the time you get to the end, enjoy!
Images Credited to Kim Wendt