School without Classrooms, Stockholm
More closely resembling one of internet search engine Google’s innovative HQs than a school (at least a school as we traditionally know it), the playful interiors of the Telefonplan School in Stockholm, Sweden are devoid of classrooms or divisional walls.
The space has been designed by Danish art and design studio Rosan Bosch for Swedish free education organisation Vittra, which employs alternative methods to traditional age-divided schooling. Instead of classes, children are taught in groups according to their ability and non-conventional principles that divide learning into five sectors: ‘the watering hole’, ‘the show-off’, ‘the cave’, ‘the campfire’ and ‘the laboratory’.
In place of conventional tables and chairs, each child is given a laptop and encouraged to lie, sit or stand while they work. For this reason, Rosan Bosch has created what it refers to as a colourful “giant iceberg” structure, which can be used as a cinema, stage or area for relaxation. Meanwhile more hands-on projects and structured learning take place in flexible laboratory spaces.
For more on unconventional educational spaces, see our reports Rethink the Work Space and A Spatial Education.