AART architects unveil plans for school designed as a social and interactive learning environment
“We strive to build a school which improves the students’ community spirit and excites their curiosity and desire to learn.” This statement was highlighted in the opening of the brief and has been AART architects' and Schonherr Landscape’s main focus in the concept development of the new Campus Park Skara, which includes a 10,000 sq m lower-secondary school in a 49 acre green park.
In order to address the key elements of the brief, a number of eco-friendly, interactive learning resources are implemented across the school, including touchscreens in the community squares and weather stations in the park to encourage students to measure the building’s energy consumption and local climate data. An indoor mini zoo, a science garden and several outdoor teaching areas will further improve the students’ creative and biological studies by providing opportunities for active and deep level learning experiences. In this way, the school is designed as an innovative learning platform, which also manifests itself in the sensuous and pedagogical floors, walls and furniture that are designed to be included in the daily schooling.
In addition, the spatial and social qualities are being expressed in the cavernous atrium and central community square, forming the social focal point of the school. With its media centre, café, scenery and close contact with the park, the central community square creates a vibrant base where students will be able to meet and socialise, interact with their teachers, take a break from study, and develop common traditions such as student concerts or theatrical performances.