An English education for students in Prague
A complex of school buildings creating a new school campus located on a green site on the outskirts of Prague. The buildings rises to 3 storeys and includes a lower and upper school.
A primary determining design factor was context. The buildings are arranged to make the best advantage of the site which to the South side faces a protected natural area of forest dropping into a ravine. The school buildings form a 3-sided courtyard, open on this side to give all the teaching areas a connection with the natural landscape, with the intention that the teaching experience will be thereby enhanced. On the ground floor classrooms have a direct connection to outside and external teaching facilities are provided, as well as extensive and attractive playing areas.
Other aspects addressed during the briefing and introduced into the design are themes of openness, identity and the aim of facilitating communication and the teacher / student relationship. Flexibility is achieved by providing a variety of classroom sizes to cater for special teaching demands (smaller groups, special needs students), in addition to the home classrooms. Colour is used throughout to aid orientation and differentiate various parts of both the interior and exterior, and the whole is designed with a view to expressing the various parts of the building at a scale to which the pupils can relate and feel comfortable.
A high emphasis is placed on student safety and split levels are used to separate students and visitors. Temperature control and energy use is modified through careful use of orientation and ratio of open to solid walls.