Atidim Education Complex
8,500 sq. m.
The project was noted for excellence in the 2003 UNESCO Competition for best educational facility – out of 1,500 proposals from around the world.
The building is composed of three wings around a central space, allowing every wing to grow. The central space at the ground level functions as a gathering place for all students, and connects the studying area with the resources area.
Suitable use of topography for a comfortable passageway to the amphitheater, and minimal ground changes.
Each of the three wings is consisted of two clusters of classrooms around a naturally lighted space, and has exits to a local yard or to the shared central space, according to the weather or mood. Those exits also serve as the emergency exits.
The hierarchy of the building parts allows an acoustical rank and orientation.
Classrooms and other rooms are based on a basic module in order to maintain changeability. Some classrooms have mobile partitions which separates them from the shared central space.
Gathering the inflexible parts, such as shelters, staircases and washrooms, allows flexibility and continuity of most spaces.
The peripheral parts of the building offer several expansion options.
Possible dual use of the resources area is accomplished with the help of external access.