You can judge a lot about a country by the quality of its education sector, and by extension you can judge a lot about a country by the quality of its education buildings. When you think of classrooms, you probably think of very traditional buildings, dusty hallways and antiquated architecture, but do these structures still best serve pupils, are there any other alternatives?
One possible alternative is to use garden rooms and garden studios as classrooms space. What are we talking about when we say “garden room”? Essentially we’re talking about modular buildings, buildings which can fit very neatly into garden spaces or be used elsewhere such as an extension to school buildings. Here are five reasons why a garden studio might make an ideal classroom:
Easy to Construct
Modular buildings can be very easy to construct, and aren’t built in the traditional way. As such, a modular classroom can be erected within days rather than months. Therefore, if one was to be an annex to a pre-existing school site you don’t need to worry about disrupting the school day whilst it is under construction.
Modern and Functional
The ease with which these buildings can be installed is but one advantage. Just because a modular building might be separate to a larger structure, this doesn’t mean that it needs to lack amenities and modern functionality. Modular homes can very easily be fitted with central heating and connected to mains electricity, Wi-fi etc.
Great for The Environment
Modular buildings tend to be great for the environment. They are constructed using modern construction methods, notable for their efficiency and minimal environmental impact. They are also typically constructed from sustainable materials, e.g. wood which comes from sustainable sources.
The fact that these buildings are good for the environment is not only practically advantageous but also symbolic. The symbolism of these kinds of Eco structures lends itself particularly well to classrooms, and they are a great way to pass on some valuable lessons about sustainability and environmentally friendly living. A modular building might only make up one part of a entire school, however it can be a place in which to think about important green issues.
Children learn best when they are in appealing, attractive surroundings. Modular buildings differ from other kinds of construction in that they are ostensibly very attractive and aesthetic. The introduction of a pod building into a school setting can dramatically improve how a space looks, and by extension how it enables teaching and learning.
There are bound to be great changes in terms of how buildings are constructed and we can already see the seeds of this change with novel constructions like modular buildings. What better place to be the testing ground for these new green, ethical building technologies than the classroom, where we can pass on many positive messages to the next generation.