SCIS Boarding House
Sune Mushendwa l Beatrice Loishiye l Alexis Cronin
Saint Constantine's International School
The concept design inspired by the essence of a contemporary Greek village perched on a hill. Rooted in the school's Greek heritage, the architectural vision aimed to create a unique and immersive living experience for students.
Our concept looks to pay respect and acknowledge the historic prestige, structure and heritage of St. Constantine’s, which is represented by the organized grid or skeletal framework.
Then, in contrast, we introduced a series of interwoven spaces that represent today's living - a non-linear experience.
The design of the boarding house is characterized by smaller, individual units, each accommodating four students and their respective bathrooms. These units are thoughtfully scattered across the plot, creating a sense of randomness and fostering a vibrant community atmosphere. Spanning three levels, the boarding house consists of two wings, with a central lush green area serving as a common space for students to study, socialize, and unwind.
To ensure privacy and imbue each unit with a distinct character, every student residence has its own small entrance area. This design choice provides a sense of individuality and offers a unique entrance experience for each boarding unit. Within each unit, students enjoy the convenience of a dedicated bathroom and dressing area, a cozy reading/study nook, a comfortable sleeping area, and a private balcony that connects them with the natural surroundings.
Spatially, the staggered units would provide outdoor spaces for studying/relaxing as an individual or as a group. These pauses would be considered as planting areas (allotments), gathering spaces for multi-purpose interaction.
Environmentally, Shading is provided either by cast shadow from the staggered square units, the built sheds with local materials, or planted landscape design which in turn provide a wider shadow range, better heat comfort, and thus a more pleasant experience.
Orientation of the spaces offer natural ventilation for cooling.
In conclusion, the wholistic effect of the combined creates harmony and intrigue to discover and interact.
4 beds per room
WC and shower
Closets and drawers
Desk for each student
Balcony/ verandah for each unit
Sleeping/study area 32m2
Bathroom and entry 16 m2
ANCIENT GREEK BUILDING PRINCIPLES
PEOPLE & SPACES
At the entrance of the boarding house, a series of minimalist columns pay homage to ancient Greek temples and architecture, adding a touch of classical elegance to the contemporary design. This thoughtful nod to the past serves as a reminder of the school's rich heritage and creates a visually striking focal point.
The concept design of the St. Constantine International School Boarding House embraces a philosophy of self-reliance and personal growth. By offering individual living spaces within a supportive community environment, the design fosters a sense of independence and encourages students to develop valuable life skills.
The St. Constantine International School Boarding House concept design embodies the spirit of a contemporary Greek village, blending modern functionality with cultural inspiration. This envisioned residential space provides a nurturing environment where students can thrive academically, socially, and personally, as they embark on their educational journey at St. Constantine International School.