A school for students with special needs
The Steiner School secondary stage at Skjold is an alternative schooling for young people who for various reasons do not find their place or can utilise the traditional secondary training.
The school places great emphasis on both theoretical, artistic and practical specialisation. The basic view is that practical and artistic subjects convey a content and a set of challenges that cannot be replaced by other subjects. The clear and tangible knowledge acquired at the workshops is brought into other learning situations and leads to knowledge in a different way than theory-based classroom teaching. The school is designed around five different workshops: concrete, wood, art, metal and music.
Teaching takes a more practical approach and workshops replace traditional class-rooms. An existing building was supplemented by four new buildings forming a compound with two courtyards. The school’s layout enhances active movement in the daily routine and interaction between the departments and with the outdoors. Besides several workshops, the school houses a sound-studio and a canteen for fifty students. The main structure consists of solid massive wood elements, being the first one of its kind in western Norway. This gives the project a fast and efficient construction period and gives a healthy and good indoors environment. All wooden elements are left visible on the inside, for good usable surfaces inside the workshops. On the outside, the wood is protected by cheap and light corrugated plastic panels. The client’s requests for environmental-friendly and low-maintenance products were vital for the choice of materials throughout the building.