Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

École de Cressy et Centre de Quartier, Cressy, Switzerland

Exemplary design categories: community use and involvement, flexible learning settings, multi-sensory environment

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
Designed as a focal point for the new community, the three buildings - the large cuboid school building, auditorium and gymnasium and changing rooms - are arranged at angles to create a fluid and differentiated public space, which is linked by a brushed concrete terrace and by an underground corridor lit by skylights. The most striking visual feature of the school is the display of changing light and colour at night, giving the buildings a playful character and drawing attention to this public space. There are nine different sequences. For example, after a sunny autumn day, the frontages are bathed in intense yellows and oranges. After a rainy summer day, paler shades dominate, with various tones of blue and grey. All three buildings are entirely enveloped by glass. Visually, this gives unity to the complex. The glazed blocks, with their contrasting volumes and simple geometries, produce a pleasing symmetry. This look is maintained in a fourth structure, a bus shelter at the western end of the site. The glass façades enable the buildings to operate on low-energy principles. The double skin of glass allows for controlled and efficient heat exchange and, through a combination of fixed glass and sliding windows, natural ventilation. During the day, there is little need for artificial light. Brightly coloured blinds can be lowered on very bright days.

Activity Areas: sports hall, cloakroom; atrium and offices; 14 classrooms and 3 multi-purpose rooms for play and exercise

Project costs: CHF 23,500,000.00

Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011" (OECD, 2011)

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drawing block plan (Registration required)
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drawing cross section (Registration required)
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first floor plan (Registration required)
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site plan (Registration required)
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