Troitsk, Moscow. Local administration offers for the school plot a portion of the 6ha forest area. Instead of cutting down the nation forest, I propose the site on the northern slope of the banks of the Desna River.
A group of high-rise residential buildings are to the west of the site, and a park with historic trees lines the site from the southwest. The historical Troitsk Worsted factory is downstream. Across the river, there is a park and low-rise housing.
To maximize the use of the site, I propose extending the standard set of educational and administrative areas with additional functions and providing open access to residents in the area, thus designing the school as a mix-use complex.
As a result:
+ increasing functional variety at the residential area,
+ city gets the school, which it’s required while saving a large plot of forest from logging,
+ open access to the river.
The building comprises three systems:
1. a primary school,
2. a middle and high school,
3. an area open to the public (which consists of a pool, a large gym, a group of small gyms, machine shop, and a library).
The parts of the complex are connected by recreational areas. The primary school is separated from the rest by a gallery/canteen on the lower level.
The school faces the river, advancing towards it with several semi-open yards. The yards are dug out in the relief to allow natural lighting in the lower levels of the school.
The building is designed on a relief with a large difference in altitude. The main entrance is from the 2nd-floor platform, which also serves as a roof for the gallery/canteen.
The yard for elementary grades is designed as an amphitheater conformed to the relief, creating a space suitable for games and performances as well as outdoor classes and lectures.
The main entrances are from the 2nd-floor platform, which also serves as a roof for the gallery/canteen.