We have a special place in our green hearts for sustainably built schools, and the striking International School of Sacred Heart in Tokyo is no exception. While the rest of the school was being constructed, it was necessary to create a short-term but still inspiring place on a small patch of the school's field for first and second graders to learn. Atelier SNS responded to this design constraint by incorporating both passive and Japanese design strategies into a circular building that is super energy efficient. Best of all, the whole thing can be dismantled and re-used.
The building has no halls and no walls. Rooms are divided by arches and the various classrooms – which branch off from the center – are color-coordinated to help students find their way. Philosophically, this is supposed to represent the notion that there are no borders between people. Environmentally, it ensures a expedient use of limited materials and facilitates great natural ventilation.
Since the building is only temporary, the architect has ensured that all of the pieces can be dismantled and re-used either as is or with different functions such as shelving or storage. Extending off the round roof is a cantilevered section that resembles the Japanese Engawa – a veranda of sorts that provides shading and boosts the building’s overall energy efficiency. We kind of wish this compact little school didn’t have to be temporary.
Via Arch Daily