castro, franchini + haruf create adaptable learning spaces for santa marcelina school, in brazil
 

castro, franchini + haruf create adaptable learning spaces for santa marcelina school, in brazil

aiming to create a flexible and stimulating learning environment, gabriel castro, marcos franchini and pedro haruf have remodelled the interior of colégio santa marcelina in belo horizonte, brazil. the interventions were requested by the nucleus of pedagogical innovation in order to create new spaces that support dynamic learning within the school. the design process was developed in collaboration with the teachers, the students, as well as the marcelinas sisters, through brainstorming exercises that resulted in new area concepts for the makerspace, the relaxation space and the balcony.

dynamic learning spaces in colegio santa marcelina bh by gabriel castro marcos franchini and pedro haruf 1
relaxation space with different layouts formed by the furniture

 

 

furniture is a prominent aspect of the project by castro, franchini and haruf, with the different formations providing numerous layouts inside the rooms, completely transforming the interior. in this way, all spaces are adaptable and can house a variety of activities. the new makerspace was designed as a place for active learning experiences, where thematic workshops can be held by teachers or external guests. the room includes high tables with stools, movable countertops with big drawers, displays, a digital map library, a customisable wall system with shelves and hangers, and a sink.

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the makerspace allows more active learning experiences

 

 

the relaxation space allows students to meet, rest and socialize, and it is equipped with poufs, sofas and comfortable upholstered niches installed in the holes of existing wardrobes. the ‘T’ shaped partition system can be used as a prop for exhibitions, games, theatrical rehearsals, and many other possibilities. different height surfaces were added to the room, that can form a grandstand but can also be used separately as small laptop tables, benches, normal tables or high tables. the balcony adjacent to the relaxation space was transformed into a decompression area with low sofas, book shelves and roller blinds for sun protection.

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the surfaces can form a grandstand

dynamic learning spaces in colegio santa marcelina bh by gabriel castro marcos franchini and pedro haruf 3
a space for resting and social gathering

dynamic learning spaces in colegio santa marcelina bh by gabriel castro marcos franchini and pedro haruf 4
wardrobes transform into comfortable upholstered niches

dynamic learning spaces in colegio santa marcelina bh by gabriel castro marcos franchini and pedro haruf 5
the relaxation space is connected to the balcony

dynamic learning spaces in colegio santa marcelina bh by gabriel castro marcos franchini and pedro haruf 6
the balcony transforms into decompression space for students

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the makerspace includes a blackboard wall and movable furniture

dynamic learning spaces in colegio santa marcelina bh by gabriel castro marcos franchini and pedro haruf 9
the sink and drawable surfaces

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customizable wall system with shelves and hangers

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the sink with colorful ceramic tiles

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the relaxation space

 

 

project info:

 

name: colégio santa marcelina bh
architects: gabriel castro, marcos franchini and pedro haruf
location: belo horizonte, brazil

 

 

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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom

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