In a class of its own – schools worldwide


School in Nebaj, SolisColomer y Asociados Arquitectura, San Juan Cotzal u.a., 2012; © SolisColomer y Asociados Arquitectura, Mariano Vadillo
School in Nebaj, SolisColomer y Asociados Arquitectura, San Juan Cotzal u.a., 2012; © SolisColomer y Asociados Arquitectura, Mariano Vadillo

Schools are important for everyone – not just pupils, but also parents, teachers and politicians. The school reforms of recent years mean that we need new spaces for small groups, for individual learning, computer workstations, and spaces for informal meeting and for eating. This requires a built and designed environment suited to our twenty-first century educational concepts and methods. Only if schools become places for learning and living, where everyone takes pleasure in learning, can schools contribute to the paradigm shift from an industrial to a knowledge society.

"In a class of its own" presents contemporary school buildings in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. These are buildings that harmonise exceptionally well with regional architecture styles and ways of life or have been created with the active participation of learners and teachers. The spectrum ranges from a one-classroom school on boats, to climate-friendly mud or bamboo schools, to high-tech buildings (almost) without walls.

This exhibition shows 20 international examples built since the year 2000 alongside selected pioneering school buildings that exemplify the development of school architecture mainly in the twentieth century. These include Walter Spickendorff's Waldschule in Berlin, Arne Jacobsen's Munkegårdskole in Gentofte, Hassan Fathy's school in Fares, Decio Tozzi's Escola Jardim Ipé near São Paulo, and the Waldorf ensemble in Stuttgart.
Exhibition Design

This exhibition was developed and designed with students and teachers in the departments of architecture and interior architecture at University of Stuttgart, University of Innsbruck, and Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart.

Universität Stuttgart
Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck


Al Borde Arquitectos, Jörg Aldinger, ARCò Architettura & Cooperazione, Erik Gunnar Asplund, Geoffrey Bawa, Behnisch, Johannes Billing, Paul Bonatz;, Clemens Wenzeslaus Coudray; 3XN Architekten, Johannes Duiker, Hassan Fathy, Rolf Gutbrod, Hess/Talhof/Kusmierz Architekten, Arne Jacobsen, Diébédo Francis Kéré, Christian Kerez, Kazuhiro Kojima/Kazuko Akamatsu, Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei, Li Xiaodong Atelier, MASS Design Group, Daniele Marques, NLÈ, Peña/Garay/Ávila,, Mohammed Rezwan Rural Urban Framework, Eero und Eliel Saarinen, Hans Scharoun, Walter Spickendorff, Dominikus Stark Architekten, Tipu Sultan Merkez, Decio Tozzi, 2A+P/A, Ziegert/Roswag/Seiler, Solis Colomer Arquitectos

Exhibition catalogue

Klasse Schule – So baut die Welt. – Stuttgart: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, 2014. – 140 S.

Klasse Schule – So baut die Welt

Stuttgart: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, 2014. – 140 pp.

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