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Primary school of Zurich west

academic work, solo, 2010

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The design is about how to build an ideal school - an architecture for children - in a relatively complex urban context. Is it possible for us to have an ideal school in such an environment?

 

The idea was to define the area with a wall that encompasses the school area and the volume of the building. Within the wall an ideal school is built, a small world that is completely isolated from the noisy environment. 

The organisation of the spaces within the wall follows the rules mentioned below:  

 

The volumes are as small as possible by function and they can function very pragmatically because of the relatively independent bodies, therefore each small body consists of a group of rooms that must be functionally connected. E.g. school area... catering....which have different heights and rooms.

 

The diverse spaces should be clear at the same time so that children can easily find their way around.

These two rules can be clearly observed in typical European urban spaces. There is always a centre to which all paths lead and often marked with a symbol or an orientation object (church, fountain, etc.). The centre is surrounded by public buildings (library, opera house, etc.) and rooms for accommodation (cafes, terraces, etc.). The buildings that are more private have graduated public spaces at their disposal.