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Competition: Build School 2018, Russia

The Union of Architects of Russia has announced an open international contest for innovative new school and pre-school designs (Deadline: 1 August)

Open to architects, designers, and investors, the competition seeks proposals for new kindergartens and schools that could be quickly and easily constructed throughout Russia using advanced construction techniques. Submissions may include both realised and unrealised concepts and will feature in a major exhibition in Moscow.

The Build School 2018 call for entries, supported by the Union of Moscow Architects, aims to identify a range of exemplar projects which could be harnessed by the Russian government as it moves forward with ambitious £35 billion plans to renovate the country’s entire schools estate by 2025.

School 13 in Togliatti, Russia

School 13 in Togliatti, Russia

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School 13 in Togliatti, Russia

According to the brief: ‘Build School brings together leading industry professionals and companies in the fields of design, construction, reconstruction, modernisation and operation of kindergartens and schools buildings. The subject of the exhibition covers all areas of design, construction, and equipment of kindergartens and schools.’

‘The relevance of holding an exhibition and great interest shown by professional community and a wide range of public groups can be explained by the extensive future prospects in providing preschool and general school education. About three trillion roubles will be allocated for the implementation of government programs for the extensive large-scale construction and renovation of kindergartens and schools.’

The Russian Federation contains around 46,000 kindergartens and 59,000 schools. The total number of both has fallen since the collapse of the Soviet Union nearly 30 years ago. 

Build School 2018 is the Union of Architects of Russia and Union of Moscow Architects’ second competition focusing on school design. The inaugural Build School contest was held last year and received entries from Russia, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain and Latvia.

School 366 in St Petersburg, Russia

School 366 in St Petersburg, Russia

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School 366 in St Petersburg, Russia

Schemes will be judged on their space planning, interior design, details, energy-efficiency and landscaping. Proposals are sought for all types of facilities including schools specialising in sport, music, art and those providing for children with special needs.

The competition languages are English and Russian. Submissions will feature in a major exhibition inside Moscow’s Expocentre from 25 to 27 September and the overall winners will receive awards.

How to apply

Deadline

The deadline for applications is 1 August

Contact details

Union of Moscow architects
Granatny pereulok, 7, office 58
123001 Moscow
Russia

Tel: +7 495 691-86-60 , +7 495 697-69-11
Email: info@buildschool.ru

Visit the competition website for more information

Ysgol Bae Baglan case study: Q&A with Phil Grant

The senior associate architect at Stride Treglown Architects discusses lessons learned designing a new integrated school for Wales

Phil Grant

Phil Grant

Phil Grant

How did your project deliver a revolutionary integrated school for Wales?

Ysgol Bae Baglan is one of the first all-through schools in Wales. This £38.5 million project had equal funding from the Welsh Government and from Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. It provides accommodation for 300 primary pupils, 1,100 secondary pupils and a fully integrated 100-pupil additional learning needs (ALN) unit.

Schools are buildings for the community. Context is everything. This school is located on a very flat site with rolling hills that form a backdrop. Landscape and building designs were developed together to provide a seamless and coordinated series of events. Its built form reflects the character of the nearby hills, allowing it to fit well with the local character of the site.

Ysgol Bae Baglan by Stride Treglown Architects

Ysgol Bae Baglan by Stride Treglown Architects

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Ysgol Bae Baglan by Stride Treglown Architects

What advice would you have to contest participants on designing new school types for Russia?

A school layout must be legible. This school is divided into three teaching wings, all directly linked to a large heart space. Initial thoughts on this windswept site suggested a need for shelter. We used the three teaching wings of the school to create a welcoming courtyard that provides respite from prevailing wind. This is visually playful with coloured glazed panels in the curtain walling suggesting a peaceful wildflower meadow. Wayfinding and colour schemes throughout the school replicate these colours, complementing other multisensory features to help visual and hearing impaired pupils to sense their environment through sounds, lighting levels, colours and textures.

Ysgol Bae Baglan by Stride Treglown Architects

Ysgol Bae Baglan by Stride Treglown Architects

Source: Image by James Morris

Ysgol Bae Baglan by Stride Treglown Architects

Community buildings should be highly sustainable. This school has achieved a BREEAM rating of Excellent and an energy performance certificate of A. Classrooms elevations are located away from the noisy road, allowing them all to be naturally ventilated. There are over 2,000m² of photovoltaic panels on the roof producing 13.85kWh/m² per annum, and there is a large transpired solar collector which passively preheats air to warm the sports halls, reducing running costs. The entire school is open to the community after school hours and is widely used for a variety of cultural, learning, social and sporting events.

Managing the start and end of the school day is crucial. The central hub is an important area where pupils can meet. It has been designed for flexibility, allowing the space to expand and contract and accommodate a variety of activities. Opened by school patron, actor Michael Sheen, the large performance hall has already established itself as a well-loved, active community theatre space.

Ysgol Bae Baglan by Stride Treglown Architects

Ysgol Bae Baglan by Stride Treglown Architects

Source: Image by James Morris

Ysgol Bae Baglan by Stride Treglown Architects

 

 

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