Impact Of Design On One Refugee School
SATORI & SCOUT could not be more proud than to share the work of outstanding projects for outstanding purposes, and this newly refurbished elementary school in Tel Aviv (Israel) hits all the high notes of 'doing-good'. Bright colours are of course a stimuli to happier feelings, and when colours are very well colour-matched with one another, a well-conceived pattern can certainly bring joy and togetherness to any situation.
With it known world-over that refugee movement can bring chaotic scenes to families and communities alike, this new school is doing all it can to give it's students a sense of welcome community. With tens of hundreds of refugees making the move from Africa to Israel in recent years, the Israeli education system hasn't often been able to cope with the increased education demands that it finds itself having. As such, - designed by Ayelet Fisher and architect Chen Steinberg Navon of Steinberg Fisher - this school has given a new ounce of happiness to a community which needs all the help it can receive.
Named Hayarden School, all of internal and external it's public spaces have been entirely redesigned and renovated to feature a super-modern environment for its elementary students to have fun, and importantly, prosper. A place to feel like home, full of all the securities that a family can bring, the new school features playful colours, education pods, areas to relax and socialise, and most importantly, spaces to help the children feel comfortable with the harsh world they face.
With many of the education pods designed to look like miniature houses, the play-centric areas really do a fantastic job in enabling students to sit side by side or face to face to properly encourage friendship, engagement and togetherness. Most importantly above all else, no refugee should feel alone. Hoping to provide stimuli to the students so that they can become creative beyond their wildest dreams, the entire SATORI & SCOUT studio was super proud to hear of this fantastic work, from both a design-perspective and also social agenda.
Discover more about the designers online at: Chen-Navon.com
Photography credit : Itay Benit