The Leutschenbach School in Zurich, by Swiss architect Christian Kerez is a stark example of a how different countries value and fund their public schools. Standing tall in the middle of a city park the completely transparent skin on the building reveals all of the activities to the surrounding city, while also providing a well-daylit learning environment with great views from each classroom.
Our JUST ONE THING this week is structural expression. It’s rare to see such naked clarity in one structure for a comprehensive school, integrating the many varied programmatic elements by stacking vertically. The all-glass gymnasium tops the building with commanding views of the city. And all you have is a simple palette of concrete and glass to hold up and shroud the entire building.
The classrooms are housed in a three story base floating above the ground floor with no internal corridors, just a central vertical public zone connecting the different levels. Large overhangs at each level provide shading from direct sunlight as well as being the emergency exit route.
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