Central open square in winning Campus Park Skara project encourages students to interact with their peers outside lessons
A partnership between AART Architects and Schonherr Landscape has taken first place in a competition to design an animated new education campus in Skara, Sweden. The two Danish practices have composed a 10,000 sq m lower secondary school in a 49 acre green park, with a central square forming the social heart of the new Campus Park Skara.
Drawing on their growing experience in the education sector, AART Architects has introduced a number of creative, interactive learning resources across the school, including touchscreens in the main square and weather stations to encourage students to measure the building’s energy consumption and local climate data.
A small zoo and science garden will further improve the pupils’ biological studies, enabling them to learn through interaction with animals and plants in their natural environment. Anders Tyrrestrup, Partner at AART, details: “In the design of Campus Park Skara, we strive to excite the students’ curiosity and desire to learn by using the architecture as an innovative learning platform, stimulating their senses and social interaction.”
At the core of this exciting scheme is a community square where students will be able to meet and socialise, interact with their teachers outside of lessons, take a break from study, and develop new ideas with their classmates. The main school building will be constructed around a cavernous atrium, allowing visual contact between floors, and will incorporate a media centre and café alongside the necessary teaching facilities. Both the school volume and open square are enveloped in a luscious 49 acre green park.