Our design proposal is driven by the following objectives:
> Design a school that represents the European spirit by connecting all students from different age levels into one entity, while allowing each school to exist individually
> Provide environmental protection and energy efficiency
> Create Individual School Identities
> Use the principle of a push-pull unit where each unit formulates individual classrooms that can shift based on the landscape morphology.
> We unite the four buildings by a single canopy that expresses the multicultural unity, while providing environmental protection by shading the slabs and preventing the buildings from thermal loads
> By hovering the canopy over the four buildings we create a landscape between the terraces of the buildings and the roof that maximizes landscape occupancy and provides social open-air space.
> We place the four buildings in a square format formulating a central courtyard while each building creates an individual private courtyard
> Placing the square figure ground parallel to the sides of the site leaves no space for the courtyards. By rotating the square figure ground by 45 degrees we create spacious courtyards between the plot sides and the corners of the site
> We create two natural pits for the elementary and the primary schools while leaving the space down the valley for the secondary. Since the landscape is a valley we create a pitched tessellated roof that climbs the hills
European Architectural Competition
Bioclimatic European School in Crete
Heraklion, Greece | 2,700 sq. m.
Collaborator: Dimitris Papanikolaou
2012 Cambridge, USA