Frequently people spend the majority of their time indoors, perhaps at school, home, or work. Going outdoors is beneficial for the connection it provides to nature as well as its peaceful and reenergizing quality. My project aims to create a space in which people can spend more time outdoors in an environment that is primarily indoors. Throughout my presentation, I hope you will learn more about the benefits of learning in an indoor/outdoor environment and how I would address this issue within my own school community.
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As seen in the video above, there are many approaches to maximize the time spent studying. Creating a quiet study space regularly available to students would encourage better study habits.
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Why is this project important?
My project is important because it is addressing an issue that can be applied to the lives of many people. My project aims to improve the quality of education within schools by creating unique study spaces that promote effective studying in the outdoors. In addition, the use of solar powered skylights would promote the use of clean energy by opening and closing from solar power.
Inspiration for the Project:
Incorporating both the indoors and outdoors is useful in education, so many schools are encouraging learning in these environments. For example, some of my favorite days in schools include going outside to work on a worksheet or project. I have found inspiration from these outdoor classrooms which use both the indoors and outdoors to create an effective learning space. In the middle design, there is a covering that allows for studying in the indoor/outdoor environment throughout the whole year. In all the photos featured below, I have found inspiration from the seamlessness in the design.
What are the goals of my project?
The purpose of a natural, refreshing, and quiet indoor/outdoor study space at my school would be to provide a location for various students to study and teachers to hold class in an innovative space. In contrast to sitting indoors, students and teachers could find a quiet space amongst elements outside. This space would allow for additional study spaces and classrooms that could potentially stimulate a deeper focus. In order to create a space that both incorporates aspects of modernity, consistency, and the outdoors, skylights, folding doors, wood elements, and brick would be used. The space would be constructed as an independent structure adjacent to the school. It is also important to design the structure in such a way that it can be effectively used as a classroom and study space throughout the entire year, regardless of the season or weather. In addition, it is also necessary to include a classroom and smaller study spaces that promote class, small group, and individual studying. Overall this project would focus on creating a calming atmosphere that emphasizes well being and education.
How is this project unique?
This project is unique to my school because there are a limited number of study spaces within the school. As a result, the spaces tend to be noisy and distracting. Creating an additional study space would allow for students to study in an innovative space. In addition, my design also aims to create a space that can be used throughout the entire year. The use of folding doors and skylights would allow the space to be connected to the outdoors by variable amounts depending on the season. Another element of my project that is unique to my school is the location. Located directly adjacent to the upper school, my project would be situated in between the first-floor art classrooms and outdoor garden. For this reason, the design is narrow and aims to limit distraction within the first-floor classrooms through narrow windows.
Location and Users of Project
The indoor/outdoor study space would be located between the existing school and the outdoor garden. This space would be used by students looking for an innovative study space that gives them the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Oftentimes people spend the majority of their school day indoors, so creating a space that connects the indoors and outdoors would allow people to find a productive environment within the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Different Aspects of the Project
Floor Plan: This is an image depicting the floor plan of the study space. It would include private study areas with a folding door and skylight. There is also a classroom which can accommodate larger study groups or classes looking for an innovative learning environment with two larger folding doors. The gathering space, connecting the study areas and classrooms, features several windows to draw in natural light while limiting distraction in the existing classrooms. There is also a path with an awning to connect the school and study area to allow students to travel between the areas regardless of the weather.
Elevations: The elevations of the building were designed considering limiting distraction to classrooms in the existing school and maximizing the beauty of the surrounding environment. In order to do so, the front of the building includes tall, narrow windows to allow sunlight to enter the space while minimizing distraction from the nearby classrooms in the school. There is also a pathway and awning that will connect the school to the indoor/outdoor study space. The pathway and awning would also allow students to easily move between the indoors and outdoors. The rear of the building is designed with folding doors which would allow the study rooms and the classroom to connect with the beauty of the outdoor garden.
Interior View of the Project: The interior of the study space maximizes the available space and limits distraction through its simplistic design. In order to promote effective study habits, there is a folding door and skylight.
What are some impacts of this project?
This space will promote change within the school community because it will give students a new area to focus on their studies. This is important because as students study effectively, they
Throughout the process of doing this project, I have learned more about how much I value going outside to learn. Even though most schools and workplaces do not include workspaces that include the indoors and outdoors, I recommend that people look for new strategies and opportunities to go outside to enjoy the benefits of it.
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