Tham & Videgård Arkiteker, canary-colored school, Tellus Nursery School, daylighting, mechanical load, pine facade, diffused lighting, natural lighting, natural materials, sustainable materials, green design, eco-design, sustainable design, energy efficiency

Parents and children are enveloped in a semi-enclosed courtyard when they first enter the school building, which is wrapped in a tall pine facade that is painted a bright canary yellow. Cut in 50 x 50mm slats, the sawn timber was sustainably sourced from Swedish forests as per a longstanding tradition. This facade, however, is more than just a sunny face for the school. It also controls solar gain to reduce the overall mechanical load.

Further ensuring maximum energy efficiency, checkered windows placed at different levels so that both small children and grownups can gaze outside permit the perfect amount of daylight in, giving the interior a lovely soft glow. School designs have followed an interesting trajectory from small country homes to ugly concrete blocks and back to something more exciting, like Tellus, which actually inspires learning rather than escape!

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