Classroom is the pivot on which a student’s life turn. As I started working on a new school project I started with the belief to Revolutionizing the classroom design . I asked how new classroom designs should focus on enhancing student focus.
I learnt about school designs very early on because of my family. We helped lay foundations for girl child education in Kolkata. We started the very first school in a village in West Bengal. As well as a number of schools we helped back in Kolkata. We also built a school project unlike another in its time in Bhiwani
As I visited Schools after schools. One thing that struck me was the shape. How the shape of the classroom has remained a constant. Imagine a box, a square or a rectangle box, that is the old age classroom. Now, in that box, Cram a projector, an air conditioner a smart board in some case computers. I give you the modern day Classroom. It is time I thought to break the box.
For the new Classroom design our Inspirations were places which enraptures their audience attentions like an auditorium. I envisioned better classroom design that will revolutionizing the learning environment. An environment that will help give the curiosity of students a nudge.
More recently, my visits to the schools of Kolkata firmly reaffirmed my beliefs that the classroom designs needs to change dramatically. There were a couple of factors we zeroed in on
The Problem Room
The image above represent a modern day classroom. You can see the problems right away and it doesn’t only effect the students but teachers as well. We were determined to destroy this box and recreate a truly modern classroom.
When I got the opportunity to build a new school with full reign on the design development we decided to design the classroom focusing on the 5 senses
The room needed to be spacious enough so that everyone has “breathing room”. All the students sitting in the classroom should have clear line of vision to a focus area. The environment should be conducive to acoustics for students to hear the teacher and vice a versa without screaming. and all of it should come together to give a relaxing feeling to the teacher and students.
This is what we set out to achieve. We came up with a design that we believed will deliver what I envisioned
P.S. I plan to continue righting on this article a bit more