The architecture of a school building is an integral partand interior designacts as a soul to the body. The interior design illuminates the entire school building when it is given adequate importance.
The school renovation inIndia is happening on a large scale because of the changing education trends. With the current generation moving into the digital world,schools must address the needs of the modern education with latest technology. However, the most of the existing schools do not support the same which indicatesthe fact that it needs to undergo renovation, highly focussing on the interiors.
If the interiors of a school building are designed using intelligent and creative concepts, the architects would set students to achieve greater success. Generally, architects use lighting, furniture or technology to improve the conditions of the classroom but if the school has budget constraints renovators should optimize the use of budget and offer students with a comfortable learning ambience.
The role of an interior designer covers many aspects of student learning. They are experts in selecting the furniture, the colour of walls, and other design choices which actively supports a meaningful learning environment.
Schools interiors should be engaging and welcoming for students and the creative concepts of interior designing would definitely foster these emotions among them. The architects equally get involved in interiors rather than only designing or construction of new buildings.
Some of the interior designing concepts that strengthens learning mindset among students are:
Flexible and comfortable furniture to keep students engaged:The classroom furnishing largely influences how students learn and interact with peers and teachers. The traditional concept like the front-facing desk and chairs, where students are basically supposed to listen to teachers, would restrict them to actively participate in the classroom activities and would hinder learning.
To attract student’s attention the furniture should be placed in a way which would reduce their hesitation to get involved in the class. The tables and chairs should be kept for students to sit in small groups.Trapezoid shaped tables and chairs with adjustable heights are new ways of captivating students’ attention. If the furniture is comfortable, it would allow them to socialize and interact more conveniently.
Use of graphics and colours: Incorporation of environmental graphics and colours in interiors would bring children closer to the nature. The integration of different student art with a community- driven message would not only develop a sense of pride in the school but amongst the community where the school is located as well. Other features are to showcase student’s accomplishments, pictures of some famous personalities who represent that community.
Improve lighting and sound:Incorporate appropriate lighting for each space. Lighting in the classroom should dim or brighten according to the natural light cycles. Select the tone of light where teachers can adjust based on students’ activities. The architects should not fail to include acoustic ceilings and acoustic panels attached to the wall. This would enhance student-teacher performance.
Integrate modern equipment: Modern technology and devices are the elements that symbolize the revolutionized learning in the 21st century.
A good architect would know how to utilize the budget and deliver the project effectively. There are many architecture firms which have experience in renovation by fusing creative concepts for interior improvements. They have a clear vison and know what all materials to employ in the learning process.
The Changing Dynamics of Educational Infrastructure In terms of School Architecture and Interior Design
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