Authors: Radek Lampa, David Hřebačka, Jan Malinovský, Gabriela Andresová, Luděk Černý, Zuzana Urbancová, Vojta Hajný, Adam Trefil
Year of study: 2013
Investor: Městský úřad Praha 6
Place: Na Kocínce, Praha 6
School by Game – Orbis pictus
Mysterious Blachthorn Garden
The biggest problem was to squeeze the school buildings into a small sloping plot with a triangular ground plan.
The primary school theme always raises several questions for the architect. It is an institute of education on which the future of each nation is based – a well of knowledge, these are really primary, non-disciplinary issues. First of all, how it should be taught in such a school, how teachers should teach it, and how pupils should learn it. Secondly, how such a school as the nation’s basic institution should look, how it should speak to the nation, what it wants to express. We have to respond to both questions from several angles. Be it social, psychological, cultural, aesthetic, ethical. After all, every school has to work first and foremost – the basic craft of every architect.
We have created an inspirational world in pictures for pupils in the school building and its gardens. We put as many pictures of life as the children learn about in school and, above all, give them enough space. It is a first-level school, ie 1st – 5th grade, it is ordinary subjects from our everyday life. Thus, the school should naturally show children the pictures of life, become a teaching aid.
We designed the school building as a serious educational institution without picturesque playfulness and infantile bickering. At the same time, open and democratic.
We saw the garden as an important part of the school. The garden inherently belongs to the school and complements the didactic functions, this time in an outdoor setting. We enclosed the garden from the outside world and, together with the school building, created a small world, a world enclosed in itself, a world behind the wall, a world of children, Comenius’ dream of Orbis pictus.