Inhabitat has featured a spate of alternative education programs lately, but it's been a while since we've seen architecture and education merge so beautifully to harness creativity and play. The municipality of Gandia in Spain commissioned Spanish architects Paredes Pedrosa to design the Kid University, which promotes an experimental approach to education that puts the outdoors first.
The Gandía Kid University was organized around and protects six existing white mulberry trees scattered around a central courtyard. All of the learning activities and workshops take place here – in this central natural setting – with the intention of encouraging creativity among children.
Interior spaces are well-lit and naturally ventilated and they maintain a visual and close spatial connection with the green courtyard. And finally, the low-lying, 1,075 square meter facility is clad in white ceramic tiles that foster a sense of continuity. Combining learning and nature as part of any educational program is A-OK with us and we hope the trend will continue!
Via Arch Daily
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