Classroom design ideas for the new school year.
Summer is almost ending and it’s time to get ready for back to school.
In many countries, Healthcare departments provide the same recommendations – 6’ or 2 meters distance between the people.
So how the principals around the globe can prepare class rooms to the new reality?
To answer this question, we created several space designs and 3D class room plan renderings.
One of the obvious solutions – place all the tables in the classroom 6’ apart from each other.
The average classroom accommodates 20 students and the recommended room size of the elementary school in the US is about 900 sq. ft. Today we have to consider social distance and increase the distance between students. It means reducing the number of classroom seats and students.
Typical classroom design
For example how an average class room looked before pandemic:
And this 3d floor plan shows how the classroom will look like when we implement a 6’ apart social distancing rule:
It’s obvious that after rearranging all the classrooms seats and reducing the number of students, principals have to find new classrooms for the rest students.
We created several classroom design 3D renderings to show how principles can utilize different spaces in their schools.
Ideas for the classrom places
1. Utilizing gym as a classroom
Since classrooms can’t accommodate all students anymore, we have to find bigger places. The first thing that comes to mind are school gyms and stadiums.
The gym can easily hold 40-50 students and all of them will be 6′ apart.
Teachers can place bag chairs, like this one:
3D floor plan rendering of the gym reorganized to the classroom.
2. Utilizing outdoor stadium and basketball courts
Staduims difenetely can be a good solution and hold several groups of students.
Fresh air, a lot of open space, ability to use stadium stands. There are just a few advantages of a large spaces like stadiums.
Some schools may not have large stadiums, but may have outdoor basketball courts, that can be used as a classroom.
All proposed solutions will work only if school has spacious rooms, gyms and outdoor playgrounds. But many schools are deprived of such free spaces.
In this case, distance learning will be a good solution. But children also need to communicate with each other, because they have to learn a social skills as well.
The next idea is organizing classrooms for the distance education.
3. Small classroom design on the backyard
For these who has a backyard, can organize a small classes for 5-6 students. It can be a small group with the teacher or computer for the distance learning.
Of course each spot should be 6′ apart.
4. City parks
Each city has at least a few parks and green squares. And it’s a good place to organize a classroom. Obvious advantage of the park is a big space.
But all these places are public and classes can be interfered with by extraneous sounds.
5. Classroom design in the living rooms
Home living room is another variant for a small groups of students.
It’s pretty easy to reorganize room into the classroom by placing chairs or desks. It’s will be a great variant for the distant education and groups of 4-6 students.
Here is a 3D floor plan rendering of the apartment where living room was transformed to study.
Despite the fact that the pandemic dictates new rules, principals and teachers still can find a way how to educate their students. And we believe that architects and interior designers can help solve the class overflow problem.
If you have any thoughts about our 3D floor plan designs of the classrooms please share them in the comments!
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