Australia-based designers LAVA have conceived of the ultimate classroom of the future - a high-tech prefab structure that has a green roof and a host of other sustainable features. Turning its back on the notion that classrooms should be static places dominated by the teacher, this striking solar-powered design is completely adaptable to different functions and operates in flexible clusters that can be adjusted depending on the size and needs of each classroom. Remarkably self-sufficient even in arid environments, it is also decked out with all the latest communication technology.
LAVA significantly reduces the classroom of the future’s material load by prefabricating it and then assembling the program on site. This is easily achieved with lightweight materials as well as floor and roof “sandwich panels” that are maneuverable and connected using only bolts or screws. It has a green roof that mitigates excess solar gain, thin photovoltaic panels that generate energy, and a rainwater capture system.
During peak electrical loads, the overflow water is used for evaporative cooling, reducing the overall energy requirement. Harvested storm water is also stored in ground pipes that improve thermal massing. This cutting-edge system also ensures stable temperatures that children can handle. Finally, a great deal of attention has been paid to the classroom’s connection to the exterior environment. According to the designers, it is “a space that enhances opportunities for learning and allows remote locations to participate in the future of learning.” This project makes us wish we were going back to school!
Via Arch Daily