Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Elementary School Jacqueline de Chambrun la Roseraie, Saint-Denis , France

Being implanted up to the plot boudaries and limited on a first floor level, we were able to clear and transform the central part into a large, airy and protected yard. The constructions on stilts form wide covered playgrounds forming real exterior volumes. The student residence is taking place above, expressed in a high leveled volume as to create a distinct identity. Even though stacked, the residence and the school complex remain two perfectly independant entities as to their treatment and functioning. The accesses are clearly differentiated and the housing facades do not overhang directly the exterior school spaces.The three school entities, the nursery school, the primary school and the leisure center, are accessible from the entrance esplanade via a common hall. The transparency of the reception zone creates a visual opening in continuity with the parcnearby. All classrooms and the majority of the activity rooms are situated on the first floor. This simple one-level ring organization facilitates the interconnection between the different parts of the school complex. The intermediary classes and the leisure center are directly linked with the rooms of both of the schools. The aim is to facilitate the transfer possibility within, respecting however the functional independence of the different entities.
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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!

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