ZIS Upper School
Elongated, stacked plateaus encompass the entire school’s program. The different units – such as classrooms, gym, theater, library, laboratories and parking garage – are all connected, both spatially and functionally. The concept of a concentrated entity – with various uses, either next to one another or on top of each other – allow a flexible assemblage of modules, forming a spatially enticing learning and teaching environment. Schools are a significant part of society, the place where the proven, current, or impending is negotiated. They are the locus of innovation. We envision the school as a lively organism, encompassing a multitude of visual and spatial relations, an urban ensemble of manifold connections. Diverse forms of exchange are to be promoted – as pertaining to intellectual and emotional interaction: The school as a think tank and place of production –a campus or workshop at the service of future generations – the school as the place enticing social communication.
The project is ultimately conceived as a multilayered text offering multiple interpretations; an identifiable entity suggesting further potential readings.