Ordrup: Seven Spaces of Technology & School Environments Embodied
Peter Clausen, Chairman of the School Board at Ordrup in Gentofte, Denmark, a parent in the school design process, describes the multiple-space school. This place is the Seven Spaces of School Design embodied.
It's designed around the fact that students can find out facts on their own, and that teachers' best role is as guide. It is totally centred around the individual, "where teachers address the students as individuals and not as a mass." The building contrives against any such pedagogical attempt.
There are nooks and crannies everywhere, real secret spaces for doing some quiet "absorption" away from the crowd:
Raised platforms are there for blue sky thinking, there are participative wells in which students can sit and discuss:
This school really is based around the premise that we cannot have differentiated teaching without differentiated rooms. I really like the more secret spaces, right, that are reminiscent of a cosy personal homework space in a child's bedroom, rather than a classroom for the masses.
From Jeff Lackney's super School Design Studio blog:
The design, created by Bosch and Fjord, is based in three concepts, ‘peace & absorption’, ‘discussion & cooperation’ and ’security & presence’, that will separate the individual areas in distinct functions and create new rooms for learning. By separating the activities and creating varied rooms space is created for dissimilarity in both teaching and play where the learning situation will be optimized.
Take five minutes out to watch the video and, if you're keen to discuss how school design could be the one technology we're not spending enough time looking at, join in a live webchat with myself and Ian Fordham, Deputy Director of the British Council for School Environments, and co-founder of the Centre for School Design in London, on just the topic.