Unique Schools In Asia With Incredible Architecture Design

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Best Designed Schools in Asia

Why does school design matter? A well planned, well designed school can positively impact children’s behavior and in today’s climate ought to have some aspect of sustainability and environmental consciousness. Little Steps has rounded up the top designed schools from Thailand to Singapore. You are going to want to check this list out…

  • Interior Of Green School Bali, Indonesia

    Green School Bali, Indonesia

    This private international school runs pre-kindergarten through high school and is located near Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. The brainchild of Cynthia and John Hardy, the Green School is made entirely out of bamboo with an open-air classroom setting and a river that runs straight through campus. The Green School seeks to train our future leaders in sustainability. For summer and holiday travelers, note their Green Camp Program.


    Green School Bali, Banjar Saren, Jalan Raya Sibang Kaja Abiansemal, Badung 80352, Bali, +62 361 469875?, www.greenschool.org

  • Building Design Of Etonhouse E-bridge, Singapore

    Etonhouse E-bridge, Singapore

    With a land area of 5,000 sqm, the campus is seven times the size of an average childcare centre, making it the largest childcare centre in Singapore with floor space per child more than double that of an average child care centre. Not only is it large, but it is based on a green building design concept with natural ventilation, roof garden, and five dedicated pods for water play, sand play and construction, performing art and a food atelier.


    E-Bridge, 78 Edgedale Plains, Singapore, http://www.e-bridge.edu.sg/

  • School Building Of Farming Kindergarten, Vietnam

    Farming Kindergarten, Vietnam

    Regarded as “Vietnam’s hope for the future” this kindergarten was built for the children of low-income factory workers as a sustainable school with a triple-ring shaped green roof, encircling three playgrounds. These grounds provide vegetable gardens and an agriculture learning environment located adjacent to the factory where their parents work. Architectural and mechanical energy-saving methods include green insulation, solar water heating, and recycled waste water which makes the school both energy efficient and less costly to maintain.


    Farming Kindergarten, Biên Hòa, Dong Nai, Vietnam

  • Interior Of Leimondo Nursery School, Japan

    Leimondo Nursery School, Japan

    This Japanese nursery school for students up to age 5 is located outside of Nagahama City in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Its single storey structure showcases huge open ceiling windows called light-wells, which stream light into the main nursery which then cascades onto vibrantly painted walls. The children chase the light as they move across the walls of the room throughout the day.


    Leimondo Nursery School, Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture, Japan

  • Interior Of Yutaka Kindergarten, Japan

    Yutaka Kindergarten, Japan

    The designers took the literal meaning of the word ‘kindergarten’ and created a ‘children’s garden’ which inspired a series of three mosaic style gardens: ‘garden of motion’, ‘garden of stillness’ and ‘garden with a roof’ that are integrated to inspire a play-based style learning. The indoor space includes walls that appear layered, (open at the top at varying heights) which enables diverse lighting, color, and a feeling of spaciousness between the loosely separated classrooms.


    Yutaka Kindergarten, Saitama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan

  • Exterior Of Fuji Kindergarten, Japan

    Fuji Kindergarten, Japan

    The playground that lets kids run forever. Shaped like a giant circular halo, this school is an endless playground with trees growing through the classrooms. With skylights above and throughout, the wall-less classrooms invite noise to float freely from one class to another and from the outside to the inside. How do you build a school that lets children be children? Designer Takaharu Tezuka says ‘You think like a kid’.


    Fuji Kindergarten, Tachikawa City, Tokyo, Japan

  • Druk White Lotus School, India

    Druk White Lotus School, India

    This 500 student Buddhist primary through secondary school sits high in the Indian Himalayas where the intent to preserve traditional Tibetan way of life runs paramount. An architectural award winner, its stylistic elements are based on designs found in local monasteries while the use of natural resources include solar radiation, natural ventilation, and water re-distribution from the surrounding mountains. The structures use timber frames to resist seismic load, ensuring life safety in the event of an earthquake.


    Druk White Lotus School, Leh, Ladakh, 1, India, +44 (0) 20 8468 1339, www.dwls.org

  • Exterior Of Lot-Apap Open School, Korea

    Lot-Apap Open School, Korea

    Eight shipping containers were used to build this art school commissioned by the global architectural design firm LOT-EK. The school looks over Hakwoon Park pedestrian walkway and peeks over the drop to the riverbank below, marking it as a visual focal point and local gathering destination. Its bright yellow and black structure, lettering, and deck make it a standout landmark within the urban fabric of Anyang.


    Apap Open School, Anyang, South Korea

  • Exterior Of Nanyang Technological University School Of Art, Design And Media, Singapore

    Nanyang Technological University School Of Art, Design And Media, Singapore

    At a distance, you can hardly tell that this 5-storey green roof art school is a building because it blends in so well with its environment. A plethora of glass walls allow natural light to illuminate the interior, and the grassy roof is used as a meeting space for students. The green roof also insulates the building, cools the surrounding air, and harvests rainwater for landscape irrigation.


    Nanyang Technological University, 81 Nanyang Drive, Level 3, Singapore 637458, +65 6790 4828, www.adm.ntu.edu.sg

  • Exterior Of French International School, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong

    French International School, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong

    This 18,000 square meter school is slated to open in 2018. It has a “villa” style layout that allows students to share a common space intended to foster a greater sense of community. These villas extend outdoors on every floor with shared terraces. The design of the school’s façade will include 1,050 colored ceramic sun breakers, each colored by FIS students which diffuse light into the gymnasium intended to minimize internal heat.


    French International School (main campus), 165 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, +852 2577 6217, www.fis.edu.hk

  • Exterior Of Baan Nhong Bua School, Thailand

    Baan Nhong Bua School, Thailand

    This primary school was one of 9 earthquake-resistant schools built in one of the worst affected areas of Chiang Rai. Its steel frame is elevated on stilts to avoid flooding. The architects from Design for Disasters selected inexpensive materials, using corrugated plastic sheeting for windows and room dividers, and cement board for walls and shelving. D4D used a similar prototype for other earthquake areas with the idea that construction can be done by unskilled builders with the aid of a manual in only three days' time.


    Baan Nhong Bua School, Chiang Rai, Thailand

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