As the disrupting world changes the way of education, what is the new learning methodology and learning spaces for school of architecture? And what the role of architectural education should be for the future society?
Arsomsilp Community and Environmental Architect, the professional architecture studio has been founded to support “work-based learning” for school of architecture of Arsomsilp Institute of the Arts, a non-profit institution of higher education established as a learning community committed to ’transformative learning’. The school of architecture aims to develop architecture students through the holistic learning approach by dealing with projects and problems in the real world as a base for education, and at the same time aims to provide the education that makes the impact to society.
After running the course for more than 7 years, the school has realized that the best way to make strong linkage between the academic and the professional studio, to enrich the learning ecosystem for architecture students, teachers and professional architects, is to live and work together as a community in the same space. The school then came up with the idea of ‘One Roof’.
The Rabindra was once the gymnasium of Roong-Aroon, a school owned by the same foundation with Arsomsilp Institute. After Roong-Aroon has built a bigger new gymnasium, Rabindra was transferred to Arsomsilp. Then the school of architecture started to change this gymnasium into their new studio.
At the beginning, the project was assigned to be a study project for 3rd year students to explore the ideas of making architects’ learning community and learning space. Students had also organized the participatory workshop with Arsomsilp’s professional architects to design the way of living and working together in this space. After that students’ ideas were compiled and organized for the final design and construction.
One roof architecture
Whilst the gymnasium has been adapted to be architecture studio, the design still keeps the strong character of old wooden trusses as the remembrance of the old gymnasium. This also emphasizes the school’s ‘One Roof’ learning space ideology.
Glass boxes are designed as home bases for each architect teams and also student studios, put around the main open well and stairs to provide vertical and horizontal relationship that creates interconnecting interaction among people and also a whole learning community sense. Spaces between glass boxes are left as common spaces for group learning and discussion, connecting the inside space to the outside green space, and also creating cross ventilation effect.
Connect to the community, Connect to the nature
To create various learning spaces, stairs are designed to be learning steps; platforms for flexible learning activities and dialogues. The wooden trusses in the northeast wing are lifted up to create more space for studios and a 100-seat meeting room that means to be a place for engaging learning activities with communities and society. While the old music rooms walls on the first floor were removed to create flexible space for multipurpose canteen, library and workshops.
The new Rabindra are designed to connect with the other Arsomsilp Institute buildings in the surrounding. The lawn steps and coffee shop are added next to the southwest wing, providing a green open space that connects to the existing water pond scenery for relaxing activities. While the main entrance is linked to the welcoming bamboo art gallery and leads to the main stairs that connects to the building’s main hall, creating the open and warm welcome sense for community’s people to come and learn together.
Transformative learning, the architectural education with/for people, community and society
As Arsomsilp Institute commits to create transformative learning, Arsomsilp Community and Environmental Architect and Arsomsilp School of Architecture are not a closed learning space for only architecture students, but an open space that acts like a platform for the new role of architectural education, a learning space for students, teachers, professional architects, communities and society to learn together by doing design interventions that make positive changes for communities and society.
|Client/Owner:||Arsomsilp Community and Environmental Architect|
|Building Area:||3,780 sq.m.|
|Project Value:||40,000,000 BAHT|
|Collaborators:||ARCHITECT : ARSOMSILP COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHITECT CO., LTD.|