Best of #schools

Domus 997 is on newsstands with the 2016 edition of the Europe’s top 100 schools of architecture and design. Here you can find 10 kindergartens, schools and universities from all around the world.

Moriyuki Ochiai Architects, LHM kindergarten. Photo Atsushi Ishida
In December Domus magazine publishes the 2016 edition of the Europe’s top 100 schools of architecture and design. Domusweb chooses ten spaces where it’s nice to learn and to grow, designed for children and young adults all around the world.

– “The facades of the Marc Chagall School smile” says a girl to describe this school in Tel Aviv, where Paritzki & Liani reproduced on aluminum panels some images of Chagall’s Over the Town which change like a hologram.

– In Clermont-Ferrand, France, du Besset–Lyon converted a 1930’s sanatorium into a School of Architecture, restating the ideal relationship between the building and the surrounding nature.

– Designed by Matali Crasset this rural school in Trébédan, France, partly a renovation of the existing buildings and partly new, is conceived as an activity platform.

– Young architect collective Saga built a temporary crèche in an informal settlement in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, using the construction site as a stage to experience cultural blending, choosing mostly recycled materials, free or low cost, and establishing efficient building techniques.

– Moriyuki Ochiai Architects designed in Tokyo a kindergarten inspired by nature, with mirror lakes and wooden mountains, to stimulate children’s imagination.

Gohar Khatoon Girls’ School in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, realized by a multinational team with a group of students at the University of Washington, is conceived with environmental strategies to foster autonomy and self-sufficiency and allow the school to perform under difficult circumstances.

– Following the completion of the Gammel Hellerup High School multi-purpose hall designed by BIG, a new 1400 sqm building for cultural activities has been inaugurated on May 11th.

– The spotless spaces and the net geometries conceived by Pierre-Alain Dupraz for this Kindergarten and crèche in Switzerland are offset by large openings on the surrounding greenery.

– SUGAWARADAISUKE designed a kindergarten in Saitama, Japan, based on the idea of garden developed seamlessly on the site, to allow children of different age and body capabilities to coexist, interact, or be separated.

– Allford Hall Monaghan Morris won the RIBA Stirling Prize with a very sculptural building developed closely with an artist to use large, colourful murals throughout the buildings – cleverly combining signposting with modern art.

– A delicate and discreet building clad in a fine lacework facade – completed by Avenier Cornejo in Paris’ 20th arrondissement – provide a reassuring atmosphere where children can grow and prosper.


Top: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects, LHM kindergarten. Photo Atsushi Ishida

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