Designing the Classroom of the Future

At SPINN Arkitekter we are constantly working to innovate and push school design forward. Our main goal is to create fantastic educational spaces that inspire and support both teachers and students alike. We believe that modern teaching areas should consist of a series of flexible and varied spaces that allow for modern learning activities and tools. As with all of our educational projects there is also a focus on excellent daylight, views, high ceilings, and a great indoor climate.

SPINN partner James Dodson recently presented our visions for the teaching areas of Baksalen 1-7 School to the teachers, administrators, and the building owner in Hammerfest. 5 unique proposals were presented, representing a spectrum of possibilities from more traditional classroom + group rooms to new and innovative solutions that would provide a greater variety of spaces. Instead of a "one student, one desk" paradigm, we are working on spaces that would allow students to work in many different ways at learning stations, in groups, at a table, in a fatboy, or a small classroom amfitheater.

The final solutions have not been decided upon, but we were happy to discover that our user groups were positive exploring some of the more creative and varied solutions. SPINN will continue to develop these concepts throughout the schematic design phase and into detail design. We look forward to the further evolution of the classroom, and to seeing the inspiring ways in which the teachers of Hammerfest will put their new school to use!

An example of one of the possible teaching concepts under development

An example of one of the possible teaching concepts under development