Monday, 25 January 2016
It may appear obvious, but as cities get more crowded an increasing number of schools are looking to either expand existing schools upwards or build new schools that have more floors, especially for secondary schools.
In reality the youngest students do need to be able to immediately access the outdoors, and whilst the ground floor is the usual solution, there is no difference if they have access to large learning balconies or terraces. There is no reason why not.
However, there is no reason why secondary schools cannot 'go high'. There are now schools in the UK adopting high buildings. I, with other members of the-learning-crowd have been involved with a number of them. These include the King Solomon International Business School in Birmingham which has taken over an eight storey high building. It makes sense and provides the ability to create a number of zones and dedicated floors in an extremely crowded urban context. The chances of building a spread out school on two or three floors in this area are non existent. The resulting facility, once completed, should be amazing.
It is interesting to see the new concept for the new high rise school in Parramatta, Australia which is deliberately designing such a new building. It makes sense and looks like a really exciting concept.
For the sake of equity this interview includes someone objecting to it as not suiting all students. I would suggest that no building, no matter how low or high, suits every student. The priority survey is to provide the best possible specialist innovative solutions in crowded cities so all students, staff and the wider school community can thrive and get excited about their education.
To see the TV news story about this new school click here