gregory katz uses precast concrete shapes to build school in johannesburg gregory katz uses precast concrete shapes to build school in johannesburg
apr 03, 2016

gregory katz uses precast concrete shapes to build school in johannesburg

gregory katz uses precast concrete shapes to build school in johannesburg 
(above) north elevation
all images courtesy of gregory katz architecture

 

 

 

johannesburg-based gregory katz architecture has completed a 1.700sqm state of the art educational facility, encompassing 19 classrooms, a music room, media centre, performance space, therapy rooms and more. the architectural concept references the reggio emilio methodology of teaching preschool kids and the design took standardized precast concrete elements of various shapes and sizes and used them to create window openings and hollow columns. these elements mimic children’s building blocks and contribute to a fascinating play of light and shadows within the building, which is an important aspect of the reggio approach. the building caters for close to 500 children, with age groups ranging from play school to grade-r.

gregory katz architecture pre-primary school johannesburg designboom
hollow-block columns 

gregory katz architecture pre-primary school johannesburg designboom
north elevation 


collonade east wing

gregory katz architecture pre-primary school johannesburg designboom
precast concrete windows

gregory katz architecture pre-primary school johannesburg designboom
climbing library


typical classroom

gregory katz architecture pre-primary school johannesburg designboom
typical bathroom

gregory katz architecture pre-primary school johannesburg designboom
stairs to upper storey east wing 

gregory katz architecture pre-primary school johannesburg designboom
south elevation 


south elevation


west wing

 

 

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