The term “interactive learning” refers to the acquisition of social, physical and mental knowledge and skills through the exchange of information such as mutual perception and behavior towards one another. The interactivity comes from people and is promoted by different methods, for example: discussions, partner and group work, digital technology (the so-called e-learning), learning environment and others. The interactive learning landscape has a direct influence on the learning process, motivates the children to learn and provides the conditions for them to acquire the necessary knowledge. In order to make the lessons more effective and thus increase the children’s willingness to learn, architects around the world have dealt with modern school architecture. We present 15 excellent architectural projects.
Interactive learning at Ørestad Gymnasium, Copenhagen, Denmark
3XN designed the Ørestad Gymnasium building in Copenhagen with the intention of promoting interactive learning and creating a friendly atmosphere in which students can study the school materials together in groups. The modern school architecture is designed to be open and very playful. There are several areas available where students can meet and discuss.
Modern school architecture: Ecopolis Plaza in Madrid, Spain
In 2010, Ecosistema Urbano designed an energy efficient school building in the industrial area of Madrid, Spain. It works as a whole ecosystem and extracts a large part of the electricity and water that are needed on a daily basis. The aim of the project is to educate the children in an environmentally conscious manner and with care for nature. In this way, after years, they become responsible adults who protect and take care of nature.
Interactive learning in Hakusui Kindergarten, Chiba, Japan
When designing this kindergarten, the architects at Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop took into account the most important tasks of young children: to play, to romp and, above all, to have fun. The result was a spacious playground with different areas where the children can explore the world together and in play.
Modern school architecture: Vittra Telefonplan school in Stockholm, Sweden
The new Vittra school in Stockholm is like no other. There are no solid walls, only room dividers that divide the spacious rooms into areas where the lessons take place in a playful learning environment. This promotes the learning process and creates a new learning culture. Instead of conventional school furniture such as desks, chairs and school desks, Rosan Bosch Ltd. Design studio for each area an individual equipment that promotes interactive learning.
Environmentally friendly and with a love for nature: Farming Kindergarten in Dong Nai, Vietnam
This playful building with a green roof is actually a kindergarten that was built for the children in 2016 by employees of a shoe factory in Vietnam. Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed the green area as a playground and vegetable garden at the same time. Although the 18 children’s rooms are partly underground, they are designed so that as much light as possible falls in.
Modern school architecture and interactive learning: Pies Descalzos School, Cartagena, Colombia
The office of the Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti worked on the design of the school building in a problematic area in Colombia in 2014. Modern school architecture evolves on different levels, visually continuing the hill on which it was built. The school consists of three hexagonal structures that enclose an inner courtyard and thus connect the indoor and outdoor areas. The geometric lattice structure creates a pleasant atmosphere for a sheltered place and serves as a connecting element between the many rooms for children of different ages.
Family Box in Beijing, China
“Family Box” is a kindergarten in Beijing that SAKO Architects designed in 2013 to be very playful and really exciting for the children. On an area of 4,150 square meters there are several conical units in which different areas and rooms such as the kitchen, playground, music room, swimming pool and others are housed. Each unit is designed in a different color for orientation.
Frederiksbjerg School in Aarhus, Denmark
The Frederiksbjerg School, designed by Henning Larsen Architects + GPP Architects in 2013, extends over 150,000 square meters. It is the first school under the new school system in Denmark that promotes interactive learning. This includes at least 45 minutes of exercise a day. All equipment for group sporting activities of all kinds is available to the schoolchildren. In this way, the children grow physically active, healthy and develop close social relationships.
Community elementary school for girls in Kenema, Sierra Leone, West Africa
After the Ebola epidemic and bloody civil wars, Sierra Leone is a state undergoing reconstruction where schools give young girls hope and a chance for a new life. Orkidstudio Architects started the project for this school in 2009, but due to political and other circumstances it was not until 2014 that the construction of all classrooms and the roof was successfully completed. This is where young girls acquire basic knowledge and learn general sciences so that they can continue their education.
120 Division School in Shanxi, China
The elongated structure of this school building perfectly complements the landscape with extensive mountains. The modern zigzag school architecture was conceived by the WAU Design team and converted the roof into a popular playground for the students. Terraces, inner gardens and courtyards between the school buildings invite the children to spend their free time outside and play actively. Like the architecture, the interiors are spacious, flooded with light and very bright.
Xiashan Elementary School in Anji, Zhejiang, China
Recently, the Xiashan Elementary School was built to replace the temporary school buildings in this relocation area. The traffic in the area is heavy and a lot of construction work is still going on, which is why the architects have aligned the school buildings to an inner courtyard, where the children can run and play safely and undisturbed. Modern school architecture should inspire and motivate children to develop further. * by STI Studio + Architectural Design & Research Institute Of Zhejiang University
Lakeland Elementary School in Auburn, WA, USA
This school architecture differs from the conventional one in the USA only in the color design of the building. The architects at DLR Group used color to create a great effect that has a direct positive impact on the learning environment and makes it appear friendlier. The rooms are also designed in cheerful tones and are very flexible, so that several students can have a lesson together if necessary.
Liyuan Middle School in Wuxi, China
Liyuan Middle School consists of a total of six structures that are separated by the river. This modern school architecture is heavily influenced by the surrounding landscape. The wavy structure and the organic design are strongly reminiscent of the water that flows around the building. * By Minax Architects
MOPI Extension Elementary School in Itanhangá, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
MOPI Extension Elementary School is located in a very nature-friendly area. This is where the architects at Mareines + Patalano Arquitetura drew their inspiration for the project. The facade consists of translucent glass and wood and enables pleasant lighting conditions in the classrooms within the building.
Our Lady of the Southern Cross Elementary School in Taylors Hill, Australia
The school’s design by Baldasso Cortese Architects dates back to 2007 and was implemented in 5 stages in 2014. The school can accommodate 450 students divided into 3 age groups. Interactive learning and motivation are not only promoted by the learning environment, but also by many group work with students of different ages and of course by digital media.