NEW AARCH is designed as a framework for workshop-based learning and creative synergy. The architecture’s raw details, exposed leading and internal organization communicate what makes up a building, how to reinforce a design through simple materials, and how architecture can take a back seat to users’ everyday lives. The simplicity of the architecture is a detailed response to the school’s need for robust spaces that allow for experimentation with new learning methods. The spatial organization makes study activities visible and present – and therefore helps to encourage community, professionalism and synergy across gender, discipline and year of study.
The building is realized with integrated solutions and maximum flexibility. A narrow material palette reduces resource consumption, including a focus on local production and transport chains. Concrete was the most optimal solution for the requirement of large and resilient spaces, and therefore close work was done with the manufacturer to reduce material consumption, maximize the use of recycled materials and encourage zero-waste production. Other measures include upcycling the block flooring from industrial window production and upcycling the library from a nearby historic building.