Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

  • Global rating average: 0.0 out of 5
  • 0.0
  • 0.0
  • 0.0
  • 0.0
  • 0.0

Facility of the week

Vrije Basisschool ''Sint-Ursula'' Laken, Laken, Belgium

The most important starting point for the project was adapting the large volume of the new building (2090 m2) to a complex and small site, surrounded by buildings of various scales. The volume thus bends around the existing garden wall and trees, creating a playground. The roof height runs from low to high due to the roof shape, such that the school more resembles a “house”.

Minimising the building’s footprint and maintaining the green nature of the site were overarching considerations, both during the design phase and during implementation. A clear division between support structure and infill walls and a well-designed system of technologies (HVAC) meant that the building can have a new purpose in the future.

At the request of the client, the school was set up along the lines of an “extended school” (a so-called “Brede school‟): a school and community centre. A series of semi-open spaces were designed on the easily accessible ground floor, each with different dimensions and its own character. These spaces provide various meeting possibilities. The top floor, with its view of Brussels, was also reserved as a multipurpose space for shared use. The design is conceived so that the classrooms, located on the first and second floors, can be sealed off, allowing the ground floor and the top floor to be used by external partners. The school has cooperation agreements with organisations such as a local cultural centre.

The classrooms were entirely finished in lightly coloured multiply board. Both the exterior and interior windows were placed at different heights on each floor. Each room has large windows and ample daylight can enter the building. Lights switch on and off automatically, blinds are incorporated, and in the preschool area floor heating is provided.

Read more »

About this database

The OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched the “Database of Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investment” on 29 September 2011. It seeks to inform the planning, design, construction, management and evaluation of educational spaces, combining resources for strategic investment in educational infrastructure, with exemplary school and university facilities from all over the world.

Drawing on the output of a joint CELE/European Investment Bank project on “Strategic Investment Planning for Educational Infrastructure” and more than 60 exemplary schools and universities featured in CELE’s flagship publication, “Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011”, this database is a unique international resource for educators, designers, policymakers and researchers alike.

Users of the database are encouraged to add their own resource material, or submit new completed university or school projects for publication on the database. OECD and EIB welcome your input to our project!

Watch our latest Videos on YouTube

The OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) presents the top 6 school and university buildings in ”Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011”.

YouTube channel »