I really love it when architects are given the green light by a client to to explore ideas both visually and spatially. I can’t think of a place where this is more important or where it can have more of an impact than in an education building and in particular a school.
I’ve done a bit of this work myself with schools, university buildings and even prisons where you can make a concerted effort to make spaces for a group of specific people and endeavor to positively effect the way they feel, think and approach the environment around them.
These projects always have challenges such as staging to ensure continuous operation and multiple user groups to accommodate. The International School in Oslo by Jarmund/Vigsnaes AS Architects MNAL is no different, but when you look at the images you see that they have achieved something special and interesting. There were still budget constraints and all the normal issues but they haven’t let that be the determining factor of the project.
Photographs: Ivan Brodey