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Schools without classrooms make you actually want to go to class

Why is Scandinavia always ahead of the game with everything? From six-hour work days in Sweden, to Finland’s basic income experiment, to Norway’s sweet pregnancy health care coverage, this region is pretty much the best place on earth.

So I’m not surprised at all to read about Stockholm’s school without classrooms, a place where classes take place in open spaces with designed caves, mountain tops, and campfires.  To reignite the joy of learning, a designer is working with students and teachers to create a holistic environment.

According to the article, “As there are no traditional classrooms, navigation of the space was an important factor in the school’s design. As (the designer) Rosan Bosch explains: ‘You can’t say, “You need to be in English at 12 o’clock” because English could be happening anywhere. So, in creating identity markers that act as signposts in the space – such as the multifunctional “mountain” (a hollow structure that contains a small cinema and connects two floors); and a bright green “tree” structure that seems to reach through the roof – it became ‘English at 12 o’clock under the tree’.”

The opportunity for flexibility arises not by installing folding walls and putting everything on wheels; the environment lets people make their own flexibility. “Flexibility is something in your mind,” says Bosch.

What a fun way to spend your school day. Had I been able to start my school day on top of a mountain, I never would have been late to class!

About the author

I’m a South Carolinian who ended up in Australia. I’m a leather-wearing vegetarian, and I like to read poetry written by people I know. @Nemiwai

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