Tervaväylän koulu, Lohipadon yksikkö, Oulu, Finland
Exemplary design categories: access, multi-sensory environment, special needs provisionHow the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
All students attending this school have profound physical and sensory disabilities. Great care has therefore been taken to provide a learning environment that supports each student and that facilitates independent working. Three large elevators allow students to move easily between floors. The floor plans are simple, following the L-shaped structure of the building, with wide corridors for ease of movement. To further assist students with sensory impairments to navigate the building, there are great contrasts between the floor and wall colouring, distinctive and bold colours on columns and other structures, no backlighting but only side lighting in hallways, and distinctive floor markings. Every feature in the school has been designed to be accessible to all users, for example all desks in In classrooms and workshops are height-adjustable. The school provides a wide range of therapies and support for disabled children and their families.
Activity Areas: 3 big elevators, reception, lobby/restaurant, student common room, water therapy, kitchen, gymnasium, exercise therapy
Project costs: EUR 9,100,000.00
Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011"