In the year 2017, the architects Basil Spiess, Silvia Weibel Hendriksen, Martin Zimmerli, David Brunner and Angelika Marxer working for the architectural firm Skop completed this project of an educational center located in a residential district in Port, Switzerland. In total, it covers an area of approximately 3570 square meters.
With its characteristic folded roof structure, the school makes a reference to the sloping roofs of the surrounding houses, the rural history of the region, and the gentle hills of the Jura Mountains. Located on a gentle slope, the building takes advantage of the topography and links several outdoor spaces according to the different access routes of schoolchildren. While the ground floor is used for administration of the faculty, workshops, a school kitchen and the back of the rooms of the house, the first floor consists of nine classrooms and three kindergarten units.
The superior rooms naturally benefit from the spatial qualities of the folded roof. Each classroom seems to be an independent house, creating a cozy and homelike environment for children.
The main structure of the school is a prefabricated wooden construct. Wood is used as the only construction material, and is also present in the façade and interior. All the wood used comes from sustainable forestry. The other construction materials are non-toxic disposable products with low environmental impact.