Cambodian school has a gridded facade that doubles as a jungle gym

The interchangeable steel grid of windows, shelves and lockers of a school in Sneung, Cambodia, designed by Orient Occident Atelier can also be used as a climbing frame. Built for local NGO Adventurous Global School, the structure provides a set of classrooms spaces that can be used by the entire village. Orient Occident Atelier  made the school’s […]

SCI-Arc awards Frank Gehry honorary masters degree in architecture

Los Angeles university SCI-Arc has granted Frank Gehry an honorary masters degree in recognition of his “unparalleled” impact on architecture. The 90-year-old architect was awarded the masters of architecture degree at a graduation ceremony held at SCI-Arc‘s campus in Los Angeles on 8 September. After receiving his masters diploma, Gehry gave a speech reflecting on […]

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners anchors LSE campus with high-tech tower

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has completed Centre Building, the tallest and largest department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As its name suggests, the 13-storey structure is positioned at the centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science’s (LSE) campus in Bloomsbury, London. It is designed by Rogers Stirk […]

Snøhetta designs Temple University’s Charles Library with “unusual geometry”

Curved wooden entrances are carved into this university library that Snøhetta has completed for Temple University in Philadelphia. The four-storey Charles Library in North Philadelphia is sited in the heart of the university’s campus, with the business school to the south and the science and engineering buildings east. Rectangular in plan, the library building measures […]

AY Architects adds timber science laboratory to London school

A zigzagging structure of spruce beams supports the roof of a science laboratory at the Eleanor Palmer Primary School in Kentish Town, London, designed by AY Architects. The single-storey school has been built entirely out of timber, using beams, columns and joists of standard sizes with built-in plywood furniture and clad with horizontal slats of Siberian […]

Michigan high school designed to reduce impact of mass shootings

American firm Tower Pinkster has designed a school in Michigan with the aim of reducing the number of student casualties in the event of a terror attack. The architecture, engineering and interiors firm designed the entire Fruitport High School campus, from the building’s form to details of door locks, with the aim to limiting the […]

Karv One Design builds school around giant slide and ball pit

Pastel colours and decorative white partition screens feature in this school in Chengdu, China, designed by Hong Kong studio Karv One Design. Karv One Design created the school as an experimental learning and play space for families at a sales office belonging to property developer Fantasia Holdings. The 3520-square-metre space is based upon the idea of […]

Gray Organschi completes wooden high school extension with irregular roofing in Connecticut

Outdoor classrooms and active farmlands surround the extension to this ecological high school in Connecticut, which Gray Organschi built with cross-laminated timber to demonstrate sustainable design practices. Common Ground High School is a charter school in New Haven with a curriculum focused on the environment. It was founded in 1997 and is one of the […]

Zigzag thatched bamboo roofs shade classrooms of school in Indonesia

RAW Architecture has designed a zigzag roof of thatched bamboo for a school in Indonesia, which is raised up on stilts to deal with its swampy site in Tangerang city. The Jakarta-based practice built the 300-student Alfa Omega School, which is longlisted for a Dezeen Award, on this challenging location in just six months. A […]

Supernormal reimagines the classroom for children’s educational centre in Massachusetts

American firm Supernormal has created a nursery and preschool in the Boston area that features sculptural volumes wrapped in vibrant wallpaper and open play areas illuminated by speckled daylight. Opened in 2019, the SolBe Learning Center is a nursery and preschool for children aged six months to five years. The 550-square-metre facility is located in […]

Bennetts Associates completes new HQ for the Royal College of Pathologists

Angled windows in deep reveals zig-zag across the elevation of Bennetts Associates‘ new brick and concrete home for the Royal College of Pathologists in Aldgate, London. The new build, which occupies the site of a demolished 1980s building, marks the final step in the college’s move from Grade I-listed buildings in St James’ in central London […]

Children’s scribbles inform terracotta school by Samira Rathod Design Associates

Samira Rathod Design Associates have completed a terracotta school building in Gujarat, India with lopsided vaulted roofs that take their shape from a child’s doodles. Called the School of Dancing Arches, the buildings sit surrounded by tobacco fields near the town of Bhadran in the Indian state of Gujarat. The school was conceived as a […]

Red concrete walls enclose The Walls teaching restaurant for children in China

Kids that attend The Walls teaching restaurant in Xiamutang, China, are invited to take part in cooking courses where they pick, prepare and eat produce from nearby fields. Built by The Scarcity and Creativity Studio and Tianjin University School of Architecture, the linear building nestles within a grove of camphor trees on a steep, narrow […]

Goldsmiths bans beef and bottled water in move to end carbon emissions

Goldsmiths, one of the UK’s best known art and design schools, has declared a climate emergency and pledged to become carbon neutral by 2025. The south-east London college, which calculates it generates 3.7 million kilograms of carbon emissions each year, today announced a series of measures aimed at helping the fight against climate change. It […]

Matt + Fiona work with children with autism to create Phoenix Playground Room

An architect and educator who collaborate as Matt + Fiona have worked with children with autism to design and build a sensory playground at their new school site. Architect Matthew Springett and educator Fiona MacDonald, who work together as Matt + Fiona, collaborated with children at the Phoenix School in east London to create the […]

Abandoned building turned into mesh-covered forest events space in Taiwan

Divooe Zein Architects has turned an abandoned house in a wooded area of a park in Taiwan into a net-covered educational events space called The Forest Big. The Forest Big is in a wooded part of the Shangri-La Park in Miaoli, in an area scattered with the remnants of an old theme park. The project has […]

Barns and ranches inform Signal’s design of Experience Center in Oregon state park

Seattle firm Signal Architecture + Research has completed a small education and events centre, clad in metal and wood, within the “rugged and fragile landscape” of a protected area in northern Oregon. The Experience Center is part of Cottonwood Canyon State Park, which encompasses over 8,000 acres (3,237 hectares), making it one of Oregon’s largest […]

Avella Taller de Arquitectura builds two cabins for Venezuelan summer camp

Avella Taller de Arquitectura has reconstructed a recreational summer camp in Venezuela, including solid brick buttresses that draw on a nearby Spanish colonial fortification. Two Cabins in Yaracuy is located in the Massif de Nirgua, a mountainous region not far from the Caribbean coast. The children’s camp originally consisted of cabins built from wattle and […]

White concrete shutters front Brazilian university building

A covered street cuts through this new university campus building in northern Brazil designed by Rede Arquitetos, Croquis Projetos and Neudson Braga, providing a shaded and breezy area for students to socialise between classes. The building expands the Universidade Federal do Ceará‘s (UFC) campus in the Brazilian town of Crateús with classrooms, laboratories, offices and […]

Prefabricated pine panels clad kindergarten near Barcelona

Architects Eduard Balcells, Ignasi Rius and Daniel Tigges have designed a wood-clad concrete kindergarten for the El Tiller Waldorf-Steiner School in Bellaterra, Spain. The concrete and pine kindergarten is one of six structures arranged like a small village around a central “rambla” – a Hispanic term for a promenade or high street. Alongside the kindergarten, […]

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