Simply Amazing: 25 Spaces For Learning

Firm: WorkAC. Project: Edible Schoolyard. Location: Brooklyn, New York. Photography by Iwan Baan.

Belzberg Architects made an interactive media wall the dominant feature of the lobby at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, a renovated building at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Photography by Iwan Baan.

Acoustical concrete fills slits in the walls, while plastic film covers sections of window glass. Firm: Taylor Smyth Architects. Project: West Preparatory Junior Public School. Location: Toronto. Photography by Ben Rahn/A-Frame.

In galleries, floor slabs in stained concrete can be removed for access to mechanicals. Photography by Kevin Scott/Olson Kundig Architects.

Taylor Smyth Architects added a multipurpose room to Toronto's West Preparatory Junior Public School for eating lunch, holding music classes, playing games, and hosting community meetings. Brightly painted plywood surrounds the windows, placed to frame the sky or the jungle gym from child height. Firm: Taylor Smyth Architects. Project: West Preparatory Junior Public School. Location: Toronto. Photography by Ben Rahn/A-Frame.

Firm: Beatty Harvey Coco Architects. Project: Coney Island Library. Location: Brooklyn, New York. Photography by Emily Andrews.

Firm: Perkins + Will. Project: Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School library. Location: New York. Photography courtesy of Perkins + Will.

The theater. Photography by Benjamin Benschneider/Otto/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Firm: Beatty Harvey Coco Architects. Project: Coney Island Library. Location: Brooklyn, New York. Photography by Emily Andrews.

Amsterdam's modular integral Child Center Zeeburgereiland is built to grow—a 6,500-square-foot addition could be completed over a six-week summer holiday. Firm: Studioninedots. Project: Child Center Zeeburgereiland. Location: Amsterdam. Photography: Peter Cuypers.

The school's 12 buildings were shoehorned into the Carpinelo favela. Firm: Ctrl G Estudio de Arquitectura. Project: Jardín Infantil Buen Comienzo Carpinelo. Location: Medellin, Colombia. Photography by Sergio Pirrone.

Triple glazing prevents music from escaping the practice room. Photography by Sergio Pirrone.

The library’s reading room for children faces one of the community center’s practice rooms for music. Photography by Sergio Pirrone.

A steel frame supports the media wall’s 25-by-55-foot expanse. Photography by Iwan Baan.

Cushions custom-made from 80-year-old wool kilims soften the plywood of amphitheater seating. Photography by Eric Laignel.

In a "teaching" restroom for toddlers, an island in solid-surfacing incorporates child-height sinks. Firm: Ctrl G Estudio de Arquitectura. Project: Jardín Infantil Buen Comienzo Carpinelo. Location: Medellin, Colombia. Photography by Sergio Pirrone.

Structural columns minimize the footprint of the breezeways. Firm: Ctrl G Estudio de Arquitectura. Project: Jardín Infantil Buen Comienzo Carpinelo. Location: Medellin, Colombia. Photography by Sergio Pirrone.

Firm: WorkAC. Project: Edible Schoolyard. Location: Brooklyn, New York. Photography by Iwan Baan.

Firm: Joel Sanders Architect. Project: Kindergarten and Community Center. Location: Buenaventura, Colombia. Photography courtesy of Joel Sanders Architect.

Kane Design Studio’s modular lounge seating fills the lobby. Photography by Iwan Baan.

Shelving in the children’s reading room is stained ash. Photography by Sergio Pirrone.

At Academie Lafayette, a charter school in Kansas City, Missouri, Kem Studio constructed a playground with a bridge built from wood-composite planks more commonly used for decking. Firm: Kem Studio. Project: Académie Lafayette. Location: Kansas City, Missouri. Photography by Ahram Park.

A staircase crosses the six-story atrium to connect academic departments on separate levels. Firm: Saucier + Perrotte Architectes. Project: John Abbott College’s Anne-Marie Edward Science Building. Location: Montreal. Photography by Oliver Blouin.

Footprints along the corridor’s 140-foot length. Photography by Benjamin Benschneider/Otto/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Jardín Infantil Buen Comienzo Carpinelo, a Ctrl G Estudio de Arquitectura project, is high on a mountain above Medellin, Cololmbia, where the local government, long a champion of design's power to change cities, has remained steadfast in the commitment to bring schools and libraries to poor neighborhoods. Firm: Ctrl G Estudio de Arquitectura. Project: Jardín Infantil Buen Comienzo Carpinelo. Location: Medellin, Colombia. Photography by Sergio Pirrone.

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