SCHOOLS WE LIKE- OPEN AIR SCHOOL

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The Open Air School in Amsterdam by Jan Duiker in 1929 is a very influential early modern school design, providing a new view of connecting classrooms and learning to the world around them. The school came out of the Open Air movement that intended to provide healthy learning environments with access to fresh air and sunlight- primarily to combat the spread of tuberculosis, But also with the intention that students benefit from outdoor lessons.

Duiker Open Air School Amsterdam 1929 09Our JUST ONE THING this week is outdoor learning. Located in the middle of a residential block in urban Amsterdam, the school has seven classrooms, with a gatehouse/entry along the sidewalk with kindergarten classrooms and caretaker quarters.

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Each classroom is well daylit, with full height operable windows, affording generous views to the outside.

Large glazed doors and floor to ceiling windows provide ready access to an open air classroom- an equal sized area for students to do school work and eat lunch. Modern upgrades have included provisions for a multimedia center and individual study areas.

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