The site has a rectangle shape. The entrance is located in its south side while the length of it is facing east and west. The school scheme is built around a shaded, central, linear space that functions as the core of the school. Trees were incorporated along the space so that it will be an integral part of the internal landscape.
The central spine was planned according to site orientation taking into consideration climate preferences while facing the facades of the buildings to the north and south. This spine is used as the main pedestrian route, connecting the entrance to the buildings, the school’s backyard, sport hall and playing area. In addition, the dimensions of the rout allow it to be a place for outdoor activity, using its variable areas for the benefit of the kids.
The building was designed to create immediate connection between interior and exterior spaces by using courtyards, a patio and a green roof. The large openings of the building allows vast amount of light to penetrate the classrooms and outdoor spaces, thus introducing nature into the building.
The green roof is directly accessible from the first floor as an integral part of the building’s flow. Both parts of the building on each side of the main route are connected by two bridges that create continuous movement between the buildings and the green roof.
The idea behind the landscape design, designed by Orna Ben-Zion and Barry Ben-Shalom from BO-Landscape Architects is to incorporate nature’s softness and diversity within the structures and along the entire project.
The School yards was created as a platform for the school’s faculty and student body to sense, observe, discover and learn about the environment facilitates the creation of a rich and changing ecosystem. Placed in between the buildings each of the outdoor areas has unique characteristics correlating with the different age groups, and meant to provide a range of various activities. This encourages the pupils to learn and experimenting while playing and spending time outdoors.
Rakafot School, Kiryat Bialik, Israel
Architects: Knafo Klimor Architects
Landscape Architecture: BO-Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: Remix – Consultants, Planning & Engineering
Electrical Engineer: Tel – Electric Engineering
Green Construction: Advanced Energy Systems
Service Engineer: Advanced Energy Systems
Water & Drainage: S. Agnon and Partners
Safety consultant: Naftaly Ronen Architects
Roads Design & Planning: Zvika Nave
Development contractor: Hisham Khmeisi, Hisham Group
Project management & supervision: Nativ Engineering & Management Ltd
Area: 2,700 sqm