CEBRA's winning competition proposal for a school in Russia doubles as a local community center and draws the surrounding landscape into the complex, unified under a large ridged rooftop. The Danish architecture firm designed the project, dubbed Smart School Meadow, to create a new type of school which would incorporate landscape into the learning environment and provide multifunctional, semi-covered spaces for the local inhabitants. These spaces will include accommodations for disabled and foster children from the community.
The new school campus will be located in Irkutsk, Russia. The project aims to expand the classical use of learning spaces and provide a more adequate environment for learning about different subjects. Different spaces are designated for specific uses, but the main idea was to transform them into multi-functional areas. The building is expected to accommodate 1.040 students from ages three to 18, as well as 400 members of pre-school, junior high and high school staff. A minimum of 15% of the total student body will be reserved for orphans and physically disabled kids. Some areas within the site will be used as accommodation for orphaned kids and their foster families.
The building will include some unexpected spaces for leisure, health centers and community areas accessible to the public. The concept, which aims to integrate educational spaces into local communities reminds of Japanese nurseries and schools which often include community centers and cafes and don’t shy away from interacting with its surroundings.