The adjacent centennial chestnut tree commands an important role not only within this newly reconfigured school courtyard, but also finds new ground in the white façade and beyond: delicate tracings overlay the elevations with leafy outlines to then reappear imprinted into the bare concrete walls within the building itself. A strong contrast of materials mark the exterior and interiors of the school with an emphasis on tactile surfaces and robust materials able to hold their ground.
The head-teacher of the school saw the renovation and addition of the school as an opportunity to review the school’s pedagogical approach and in turn worked to implement radically new teaching and learning methods. A close collaboration between the architects and the school ensued.
Apertures, windows, sliding doors and glass walls were but a few of the architectural answers for a more communicative and agile place of learning.