The architectural vision of the building process originates in the school's educational principles:
Defining Borders The understanding that learning at the school takes place in a mostly fortuitous manner led to an architectural solution that emphasizes exterior spaces and aspires to create an integrated interior-exterior system, one in which the borders separating the indoors from the outdoors are not absolute. Such a system will allow the flow of activities from outdoors to indoors and vice versa, and will encourage fortuitous learning through play and unstructured activity in the courtyards and kindergartens.
Liberty and Choice
The concept of liberty is fundamental to the definition of democracy. The building project is concerned with two aspects of liberty and choice that affect one's sense of personal freedom: a broad definition of the concept of a “border” and freedom of choice. The creation of diverse areas, open spaces, courtyards and activities will allow true freedom of choice for members of the school community.
Mutual Respect and 'Green' Building
A fundamental principle of the school is that relationships should be formed on the basis of respect and mutual regard. This is true for people's relationships with one another as well as for their relationships with their surroundings, and it determines how regard for a place influences self-regard. Hence, our architectural vision is to create a place that exudes respect for its residents and preserves the natural environment.
These ideas of respect and regard for the natural environment accord the principles of 'green' building an important role. The building plans give utmost consideration to environmental factors, with a view towards energy efficiency: landscape preservation, placement of buildings with respect to the sun (in order to harness the best possible natural light and heat), suitable shading, while keeping in mind the prevailing winds as well as conclaves of noise.