Istanbul-based PAB Architects designed a high school campus in Turkey that will be open 24 hours for the locals as well as the students. The Gokceada High School Campus planned for the island of Imbros in Northern Aegean Sea aims to become an integrated sustainable educational environment that is easily accessible to townspeople. The project was chosen as the winning entry at the national design competition that called designers to create a modern replacement for the existing school building.
The school will be constructed on an island with limited resources. In order to consolidate and preserve resources, the campus will serve multiple functions for the community. The campus will comprise a high school, vocational school, dormitory, gymnasium, library, and a conference hall. It is meant to function as an interactive learning environment with a transparent ground floor and courtyards that encourage participation and collaboration.
Walking along the front facade, pedestrians reach the campus square surrounded by the library, conference hall and indoor and outdoor sports areas easily accessible to local inhabitants. The square also leads to the meadows and hobby gardens adjacent to the outdoor recreational facilities. The design features plenty of green spaces and open glazed walls to take advantage of daylighting and encourage group interaction.