Marcel Sembat High School

Over the past decade we have become more aware as a culture and society with the short comings of our educational system. That said when rethinking education the most common talking points are curriculum and teachers for good reason. Although I agree with these components being the core components of a strong educational system I think having an inspiring, functional and beautiful learning place deserves to be right up there with the other two. Like so many American children I spent a large portion of my educational experience in a leaky, inhospitable modernist brick building. Lit predominantly with fluorescent bulbs and linoleum covered concrete floors. A school should be a place or at least offer places where you want to spend time, to think, experiment, and be inspired. Architecture can and does enrich experience of institutions and activities on a daily basis and I think it is time that is given more focus in regards to education.

Archi5 and B. Huidobro designed this new structure as part of a revitalization to the Marcel Sembat High School, a dedicated technical school focussing on mechanical and automotive related education. Taking into account the specific needs of this type of education center and its requirement to connect and commune with the original buildings of the school from varying periods gave way to this amazing rolling hill design.

(via ArchDaily »)


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