TYPOLOGY EDUCATIONAL LOCATION KWAMASHU, DURBAN SIZE 1.4 HA CLIENT COTTON ON FOUNDATION ARCHITECTS FIELDWORKS DESIGN GROUP CURRENT PHASE CONSTRUCTION
As part of the design for the upgrade and expansion of Ethekwini Primary the Fieldworks team constructed a Spatial education graph to guide the layout and design process. The graph is based on Urie Bronfrnbrenner's Ecological Sytems Theory of Development, which addresses how social relationships and physical environments influences a child's education. The Spatial education graph illustrates the relationship between the individual (eg. learner) and his/her environment, as well as illustrating three spheres of education and engagement (individual level, group learning, and community) the individual is confronted with daily. The graph is further divided into quarters that addresses sustainability aspects and environmental elements (Water, Waste, Energy, Vegetation). These sustainability and environmental categories allow for engagement on each of the three levels of education an individual is confronted with. Each category aims to incorporate sustainability into architectural expression of the school, whilst endeavouring to add an educational aspect to the physical environment the learners are surrounded with.
The master plan for the school aims to make use of space as efficiently as possible. The layout suggest the formalisation of access points and major movement routes, zoning for sport and play activities, new classrooms and educational facilities, defensible and enclosable spaces. The design allows for a phasal implementation of the project, enabling the expansion of the school over time.
TYPOLOGY EDUCATIONAL LOCATION LINBRO PARK, JOHANNESBURG SIZE 250 SQM CLIENT QURTOBA ISLAMIC ACADEMY ARCHITECTS FIELDWORKS DESIGN GROUPCURRENT PHASE CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS
Qurtoba Islamic academy, within Linbro Park Johannesburg- The school needed new classroom spaces that could in future be used for other purposes. Situated on a small site between a soccer field and a housing complex, this building makes use of it’s surrounds to act as visual anchor and is able to double up as a viewing deck for football matches.
TYPOLOGY EDUCATIONAL, ADAPTIVE REUSE LOCATION JEPPESTOWN, JOHANNESBURG SIZE 1300 SQM CLIENT STREETLIGHT SCHOOLSARCHITECTS FIELDWORKS DESIGN GROUP CURRENT PHASE COMPLETED
Streetlight School is located on the upper ground floor of BJala Square. The school formally opened in January 2016 and provides education to many of the areas youths. Streetlight School received a four star Green-star rating - a first for South African schools in an urban environment.
Born from necessity, the initial streetlight schools design methodology was one of creative re-use combined with novel construction methods in the attempt to create a feasible learning space within an existing industrial building. Constructing a learning space without any budget for material or labor necessitated using mostly found materials (Pallets, standard hollow core doors, timber purlins).
Spatially we worked with the physical constraints of the existing building as our guide, and attempted to accommodate for multiple activities within the limited intervention.