The Insula College, a college for secondary education, is part of
an urban design by West 8 urban design & landscape architecture
wherein different schools and educative facilities are integrated
into a structure of closed building blocks around a central landscaped
The design anticipates the ongoing changes of the educative system
by introducing a flexible, open structure organised around patios
and a system of significant routes.
The conventional rigid classroom figuration with fixed walls has been
abandoned in favour of a ‘plan libre’ concept consisting
of open floor areas supported by a column structure. This offers the
freedom to create the desired programmatic layouts while various significant
fixed elements within the building maintain their own distinct identity.
The most striking of these ‘spatial attractors’ are four
patios which strongly differ in size, materialisation and thematic
content. Besides having these introvert qualities, the school contributes
to the ambiance of the boulevard by displaying the most extrovert
amenities such as auditoriums and ‘educational shops’
towards this main public space.