Lošbates Elementary School
LOCATION: Louňovice, Czech Republic
PROGRAM: Primary and secondary school
CLIENT: Lošbates Union
TEAM: ESC Architects, ESC Architects, Bara Srpkova, Jan Kudlicka
Size: 7500 m2
We believe that more than a school, the building should extend its social value, assuming its potential of becoming the new gathering point of the four communities involved in the project, fostering synergies between their inhabitants.
A building that in its inherent formal conception opens up to the surrounding communities, creating a public plaza and park, a new inviting intergenerational centrality that binds all the inhabitants to one common place.
One of the first priorities of the design was to blur the boundaries between public and private, give back as much as possible to further public use while ensuring a safe space for the pupils to play, learn and grow.
More than just outlined by a school, the public areas are surrounded by programs of arts and culture, sport and fitness, entertainment and communal activities.
Even though the requested program to allocate would require a massive footprint, taking reference from the surroundings, the main idea was to avoid creating an overscaled urban structure that would disrupt its context.
Building upon this concept, we sought inspiration from the nearby context, the organic placement and often radial distribution around the central spaces of each town. An architecture rooted in the local traditional architectural language, applied to a new contemporary materiality: the school of the 21st Century, a village for the pupils.