A research into the most sustainable options on school building / school renewal, led to this design study that combines second use building materials with new but demountable and reusable building materials for a generic, flexible, rhythmic, future proof, practical education, high school.
In combination with Superuse and Bureau Bouwkunde we together investigated these ambitious principles.
The results are a compact volume, formed using a bio based, modular, robust and adaptable building system, on a 6X6 grid, that is demountable. Load bearing elements means that tutoring clusters could take on changing programme throughout the schools life cycle.
Layering constructive, installation, technical and decorative elements means that areas with a shorter life span are more accessible and easily renewable throughout the buildings life span.
Combining solar panels with a green learning roof with external tribune extends the teaching areas out into the open air. High ceiling heights make end of life / future use scenarios as attractive as disassembly.
Second use materials could articulate the façade and provide shading to mitigate against any unwanted solar gain. Depending on any given site, strategic over hangs to prevent over heating can also be accommodated.
A central glazed atrium could admit daylight into the heart of the plan for power saving and the wellbeing effects of natural light. The atrium could incorporate blow down capacity contributing to cooling in summer months. A central tribune makes way finding and space identity very clear and allows the possibilities of a combination of users in the same building.
Combining different entrances and exits allows the extended use of the whole school structure before and after school opening hours for the surrounding neighbourhood.