New school in Luxembourg goes beyond traditional classroom teaching
An analogous logic applies to school buildings. Their architecture is more than just a space for teaching. They should enhance learning experiences and provide opportunities for self-organisation.
The architecture of LycéeBel-Val offers users a diversity of spaces that don't all fit the bill of a formal teaching environment, spaces in which students learn - and learn about learning. The four-storey square building, set around a central courtyard, sits within the former brown field site of the Belval steelworks. At the lower ground floor, 25 workshops for vocational education open up on garden spaces, thus creating informal meeting spaces for students and staff. The ground floor is dedicated to public spaces and meeting areas.
A large entrance hall leads to the school restaurant and cafeteria, the cybercafé and library, the teacher staff room with associated meeting rooms and the assembly hall, an eye catching golden monolith volume that connects outside and inside by extending into the internal courtyard at lower ground floor and ground floor. The first floor accommodates the offices of the school principal and classrooms. More classrooms and sciences labs are located on the upper floor.
Specially the vertical circulation routes are generous and extend into informal meeting spaces equipped with wooden benches. Thus educational experiences can occur outside the confines of conventional classrooms.
The school environment is brought to life by large graphic elements. Each wing of the building has been allocated a colour to facilitate orientation. Quotes and photographs of well-known international and Luxembourgish personalities installed on lockers and on selected walls create a link to the subjects studied at school. They make students constantly aware to what education can lead to.