Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Quirky Spaces

It's always interesting to see any quirky or unique spaces in schools.  Touring a school opened in 2013 this week, I was really pleased to see a range of interesting spaces including this rather quirky reading space accessed from the open circulation and dining space.

It's spaces like this that attract interest and are extensively used by students.  Admittedly this school was built during the BSF (Building Schools of the Future) programme where budgets were more generous, but it is sad that budgets and designs now are so restricted that many schools are now, frankly boring providing nothing more than basic functional teaching spaces. It's location in an open space accessed extensively by staff ad students means that safeguarding is simply not an issue.

This reading alcove is fab and attracted the interest of lots of people visiting the school.  Shouldn't all schools have some space that is unique and attracts interest and excitement.

This was a high quality space - pity these are seen less and less these days!

1 comment:

ThomasMaloney said...

If we think about spaces, usually the first thought that gets to mind is basically a wide open area. However, a little creativity would do no harm especially if we wish to add the element of fun into the whole layout. A school for instance, needs a unique outlook which would entice visitors and a quirky seating and storage area is perfect for this location.