A boring monochromatic classroom is hardly the ideal environment for inspring young minds, but the Redding School of Arts in California is breathing new life into education with a bold and spectacular new building. Designed by Trilogy Architecture and funded by a private investor, the school took a decidedly different approach to education by insisting on colorful, non-rectilinear classrooms and a heavy emphasis on outdoor learning. The project was also designed to be as eco-conscious as possible.
Upon entering the school grounds, students and parents are instantly immersed in the school’s uplifting environment. A rammed earth wall lines the entry way, and students find their school streets highlighted by 100 year old recycled Redwood trees. The uniquely-designed classrooms are flooded with natural light, and complemented with energy-efficient LED lights.
In addition to pushing half of the learning experience outside, Trilogy maintained the interior/exterior connection by making the walls nearly transparent. Finally, the entire school has received an earth-friendly paint job so that it does not contrast too much with the dramatic natural environment in which it has been built.
Now this is the kind of school we want for our kids… how about you?