Afterschool Learning Hub, Chalkis, Greece, 2019

The project is an afterschool learning hub. Active throughout the day, it offers morning and afternoon tutoring sessions to students of various ages. Most students spend at least 2-3 hours daily practicing and studying different courses from mathematics and physics to technical and freehand drawing.
The floor plate is organized in three sections connected by a long corridor which alternates from indoor to outdoor and indoor again arriving to large terraces on both ends. Classroom units are placed on the East and West sections with services and circulation occupying the central section. The connecting spine became the main focus of the project producing a series of spaces for formal and informal gatherings. Furniture objects are placed carefully on the sequence generating nodes and opportunities for hangouts, meetings or teaching sessions, conference tables, waiting areas or flexible classrooms. Every space generates an opportunity for learning by bringing people closer in a multiplicity of configurations. Teachers and students are encouraged to share all spaces and interact producing a culture of learning in a casual and fluid environment. Everything is a classroom.

Sofia Krimizi, Kyriakos Kyriakou, Federica Scalise, Maria Amador. Photography: Alina Lefa