Whimsical shapes with striking chromatic contrasts, wide multicolored rooms, immense outdoor play areas, endless rainbow corridors… they are not playgrounds, they are schools spread all over the world with a common bet: color.
Today’s schools can be more than just blocks of stacked classrooms containing rows of tables and chairs. Let’s opt for the humanization of buildings and for useful, pleasant and efficient constructions. This has been demonstrated by the Australian studio McBride Charles Ryan with their project on the Ivanhoe Grammar School, a kaleidoscopic metaphor of contemporary pedagogical methods: the exterior circular shape represents the classical order and the interior geometric patterns represent the complexity of modern life. 21st century architecture conceives schools as spaces that encourage creativity and dynamic knowledge. And, at this stage, color is our ally.
Why do we have to build the same school our grandparents had if education is completely different?
Psychologists and psychopedagogues agree: lighting and color have a direct influence on how and how much we learn. What’s more, they are key to enjoying learning. In the 1970s Dr. Robert Gerard suggested that color was an energy wave with the ability to provoke brain reactions. Therefore, if each color has an energy wave, each shade will affect us differently. In recent decades experts have proven the effectiveness of this theory in the educational field and now architects, interior designers, designers and teachers are experimenting with colors in school building. This is what the studio Atelier Alter has demonstrated with their project to refurbish a school in China. The Paradise of Color arises from understanding construction from the perspective of a child, stacking large blocks of primary colors. Thus they stimulate the senses of the kids and encourage them to explore spaces and forms.
Ceramics is an ideal material for covering public centers due to its resistance, cleanliness and aesthetic versatility. The Rainbow collection by Pissano Cerámica offers a wide range of chromatic porcelain tiles that you can check here.
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