Eleven vibrant schools featured on Dezeen’s Pinterest

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With the start of a new academic year in the northern hemisphere, searches for school buildings on Pinterest have increased by 60%. Here are 11 outstanding examples of school designs from our Pinterest boards.

Architectural firms have used materials such as steel, brick, and concrete to create these schools, with a focus on fostering creativity and learning. Additionally, studios like Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture and Trace Architecture Office have incorporated vibrant colors into their projects, giving each school a distinctive identity.

Scroll down below to discover the 11 projects from our school board on Pinterest:

1. Elementary School Vřesovice, Czech Republic, designed by Public Atelier and FUUZE: These architecture studios collaborated to transform old church buildings into a primary school. The team added blue, yellow, and copper-clad cubed structures and renovated the original buildings’ roof trusses.

2. Indian Preschool, India, designed by Shreesh Design Studio: This preschool features boldly-colored steel structures and includes sandpits, grassy landscaping, water fountains, and even a swimming pool. The buildings are designed to be easily disassembled and rebuilt on another site.

3. Haikou Jiangdong Huandao Experimental School, China, designed by Trace Architecture Office: This school comprises bright, curved volumes and rectilinear forms to encourage creativity among students. The concrete roof added by Chinese architecture studio Trace Architecture Office completes the design.

4. Fuqiang Elementary School, China, designed by People’s Architecture Office: People’s Architecture Office extended and restructured this blue and turquoise school in Shenzhen to provide more facilities for students. The studio added cantilevered classrooms, rooftop gardens, and deep window nooks for socializing and studying.

5. Thaden School, USA, designed by Marlon Blackwell Architects: Marlon Blackwell Architects designed a group of asymmetrical, angular buildings for this Arkansas-based school. The design references traditional local architecture.

6. The Music School of Bressanone, Italy, designed by Carlana Mezzalira Pentimalli: This music school is characterized by monolithic concrete volumes. The three above-ground floors and basement feature a facade made of red-tinted concrete to harmonize with the surrounding architecture.

7. Hangzhou Chovan Experimental School, China, designed by Monoarchi: Monoarchi created this campus building in Hangzhou, which wraps around five small courtyards. The geometric facade is enlivened with colorful elements and takes inspiration from a teaching method from the Ming Dynasty that emphasizes closeness to nature.

8. Belleden Primary School, UK, designed by Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture: Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture used grey brick and bright-yellow polycarbonate to define this primary school in Peckham. The U-shaped arrangement of the buildings encloses outdoor play areas and courtyards.

9. David Brownlow Theatre, UK, designed by Jonathan Tuckey Design: Jonathan Tuckey Design was commissioned to design a theater for a school in Berkshire, England. The 528-square-meter building draws inspiration from Renaissance ecclesiastical architecture and is constructed with cross-laminated timber and red composite cement panels.

10. Artave Music School, Portugal, designed by Aurora Arquitectos: Aurora Arquitectos connected two classroom blocks with a bright yellow extension and stair tower at the Artave music school in Caldas de Saúde. The interior walls are painted bright orange and red.

11. The Aga Khan Academy Dhaka, Bangladesh, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios: British architecture studio Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios created this boarding school in Bangladesh, composed of four-story brick volumes. The school features a collection of courtyards with concrete canopies, providing shelter for students, and includes brick benches and planters.

To discover more cutting-edge architecture, interiors, and design projects, follow our Pinterest page. With over 1.4 million followers and more than ten million monthly views, Pinterest is one of Dezeen’s fastest-growing social media networks. We offer over 400 boards to explore and pin from, with our furniture and staircases boards currently being the most popular.

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