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High School For Girls

 
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High School For Girls

A high school designed to address the issues regarding educational spaces for young Iranian girls.

Category: Architectural design

Methods: Design research, digital and physical prototyping, 3D modeling

Timeline: 7 month


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All-girls high schools in Iran isolate girls in spaces that have no connection with the outside world in order to create a ‘safe space’ for young girls. However, schools designed to achieve this often end up creating a negative environment, and isolating girls from the society deprives them of necessary educational experiences needed for future.  


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Learning: Classrooms and seating areas.

Research: Labs, Studios and a Library

Physical Activity: Indoor and Outdoor Gym

The building is divided in three sections:


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Fat L shaped pattern for designing classrooms were first researched by James A. Dyck in 1994. Based on his examinations, L shaped classes support a range of activity settings so they influence the learning activities throughout the school environment. These non-traditional learning environments encourage students to fully participate in activities with others as they acquire knowledge for themselves. This formation allows students to have small learning groups while it also provides a sense of separation. They are also manageable with only one teacher who has the control of the class.


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Learning spaces are located around an indoor garden with different colors assigned for each grade suggesting that students belong to a smaller community.

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Unlike conventional high schools, students have a view of the street, though, people are not able to see the students to follow the Islamic norms of Iran’s society.


Elevations

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