Cutting-Edge Designs in the Education Sector

Striking architectural forms spark collaborative learning and intellectual growth.

1. University of Sydney Business School by Woods Bagot and Carr Design Group

Woods Bagot wrapped part of the school in a screen of unglazed and glazed terra-cotta tubes. Photography by Trevor Mein.

Eucalyptus veneer on the main staircase. Photography by Trevor Mein.

Once lacking a distinct identity, scattered in nine locations, Australia’s University of Sydney Business School has consolidated in a single building by Woods Bagot, a firm that’s well versed in educational architecture. Read the full story here.

2. Moody Center for the Arts by Michael Maltzan Architecture

Brick darkened with manganese dioxide and iron defines the Moody Center for the Arts by Michael Maltzan Architecture. Photography by Nash Baker

The Moody Center for the Arts features rapid-prototyping workshops, galleries, and a black-box theater. Image courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture.

Houston’s Rice University is awash in tawny brick. The brick that Michael Maltzan Architecture chose for the Moody Center for the Arts, at the edge of campus, is darkened with manganese dioxide and iron. As a result, the building’s upper mass looms with gravitas, while the glass-enclosed ground level appears weightless in contrast. Modernist-leaning elements include structural columns that erupt into starbursts of spokes. The creative mix is equally enticing throughout the 50,000-square-foot interior, with rapid-prototyping workshops, galleries for rotating exhibitions, and a black-box theater.

3. Maison des Étudiants de l'École de Technologie Supérieure by Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes

The Maison des Étudiants de l’École de Technologie Supérieure by Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes. Photography by Stéphane Brügger.

The building serves as the engineering school's student center. Photography by Stéphane Brügger.

An icehouse once stood on the Montreal site of the Maison des Étudiants de l’École de Technologie Supérieure, the engineering school’s student center. So a giant block of ice was one of multiple images guiding Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes’s design of the glassy five-story, 220,000-square-foot building. Imagery alluding to the forward motion of ideas, meanwhile, is digitally printed on the street-facing curtain wall. And there’s a volume angling skyward on one side, like a ship’s prow.

4. Novopecherska by DreamDesign

Novopecherska by DreamDesign has a tree sculpture in its soaring lobby. Photography by Andrey Avdeyenko.

Students' lockers are painted in a palette similar to that of the lobby. Photography by Andrey Avdeyenko.

A playful, color-saturated interior for Novopecherska, a school for children ages 7 to 17 in Kiev, Ukraine, won an IIDA Global Excellence Award for DreamDesign. A tree sculpture in white-painted MDF reaches almost from floor to ceiling in the airy, soaring lobby. Beanbag chairs dot its floor, and a grid of 60 small canvases, printed in folkloric patterns, hang on a wall. Their palette repeats nearby on the students’ painted lockers.

> See more from the March 2017 issue of Interior Design