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LAVA creates the 'classroom of the future'

LAVA creates the 'classroom of the future'

Cheap, cold and boring – that’s the reputation of most school classrooms.

However, architectural firm LAVA has come up with a twist on the typical class for Australia's rural schools, which call for rooms adaptable to changing terrains and temperatures.

Every element of the room from its canopy to its boiler serves an important eco-function in the room. The green canopy provides an larger area for rainwater collection, used for irrigation, grey water and toilets. Excess water is used for cooling, reducing overall energy requirements.

The building’s raised design also allows for improved air movement and to expel some of the heat.

The designers prefabricated the building to reduce the number of materials needed for construction. Materials used included lightweight, moveable floor and roof “sandwich panels”, connected by bolts and screws rather than cement.

Chris Bosse, Asia-Pacific director of LAVA, says: “We wanted to turn this idea upside down and create spaces that are sustainable, practical, cost-effective whilst fun and exciting to be in.”

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