Escola Britanica de Artes Criativas

The main idea was to make the school of creative art look like it is not a school. It should be perceived as a community of people with common aspirations and intentions. It should become a home for young people who will fill it with their dreams and imagination. For the students to consider the space as their own we aimed to make them feel like it is the right place for creation. We wanted to surprise them, to put them in interesting environments, but to leave some spaces blank for their creative activities.

The whole space of the school resembles a giant playground with abstract objects scattered around at random. They make you stop and question why they are there, they play with your imagination. In a while you understand that each one hides a certain function behind its simple form. The school was designed with maximum transparency for visitors and inhabitants, so the school structure can be experienced from inside. Sometimes the transparency is more obvious, like on the entrance floor where administration and public zones are located. When you enter the school you can see at once through the glass partitions the working process in administration and different kinds of activities in the lecture hall. In other spaces it is less direct – on the way to the classes there are openings, through which you can “spy” on the students’ work.

Open, bright colors are an important part of Brazilian culture, which we like very much. In comparison with Russia the use of bright colors in Brazil reflects the peoples’ inner temperament, while in Russia we use colors as a source of energy. Nevertheless we didn’t want to use a lot of bright colors in our design. In collaboration with Kiko Farkas studio we made a color scheme that was very accurately applied in certain places. It must be said that the main colors of the scheme are white, black and blue, while the additional colors are more bright – yellow, red, pink, so the main idea was to have mainly neutral spaces with a few color accents.

We made a kind of interactive gradient – welcome public zones are more bright to energize students, closer to the classrooms spaces become more neutral so as not to distract students from the creative process. Special for Escola Britânica de Artes Criativas we have designed collection of outdoor furniture with Brazilian company MAC. Top parts of esplanades covered first horizontal graffiti in Sao Paolo which done in collaboration with Kiko Farkas studio. For the year then ended Escola Britânica de Artes Criativas grows to a lend-mark of the bohemian district Vila Madalena.

Architecture: Olga Treiwas, Very Odyn, Elena Kornilova, Polina Litvinenko, Dasha Sheina, Maria Serova, Julia Semkova
Client: EBAC
Project Status: completed
Location: Sao Paolo, Brazil
Area: 2800 m2
Year: 2016
Photography: Sara de Santis

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