It’s interesting to see when innovative design is used to bring positive changes to society — such as designing modern school buildings in low-income areas. ArchDaily’s article on the Brede School on the island of Bonaire features an example of a design by HL Architecture, which won 1st place in a competition held by the Bonaire Office of Public Works and the Ministry of Education and Culture. The design accommodates four different atriums, surrounding a central “playground” or courtyard. The school can hold up to 650 pupils, and each atrium is meant for a separate community purpose – for example: kindergarten classrooms, or a sports community center.
The buildings would use local, low-tech materials to cooperate with the environment of the island – especially the wind. Especially now, with budget cuts draining funds from NYC schools, it’s inspiring to see good design being put to educational use. Read the full article here.