Sabine Storp and Inigo Minns

Studio 4

Sustainable Hotel School, Casa Blanca Havanna by Jens Kongstad Oelsen

School projects in London and Havanna

School + more, back to learning again!

It is January, 1961, two years after the Cuban Revolution. Two of the most improbable golfers in the history of the game, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, tee off on the 18-hole Championship course at the Havana Country Club. As Che and Fidel play their round, they talk about the future of the Revolution and what to do with this fancy golf course. In a curious twist on Plato’s Gymnasia, a place of recreation was recognised as a place for learning:


"We will turn this playground for the rich into a wonderful school.
We will build schools for the arts—art schools for the people!" Fidel Castro


Typically, schools are structured around rigid timetables, fixed activities and assessment though quantifiable results. However current thinking suggests that if you live in a world where every lesson is 40 minutes with the emphasis placed on fixed outcomes, you immediately interrupt the flow of creativity and loose potential for a student’s spontaneous expression and, with this, a crucial phase in self discovery.


Details

Course BA (Hons) Architecture

Images

Sustainable Hotel School, Casa Blanca Havanna

Jens Kongstad Oelsen

Salusbury Primary School, Clay workshop

Jens Kongstad Oelsen

Salusbury Primary School, Clay workshop

Jens Kongstad Oelsen

Salusbury Primary School, Clay workshop

Jens Kongstad Oelsen

Music school Malecon, Havanna

Nancy Bodson

Construction School, Malecon, Havanna

Claire Beard

Costruction school, Malecon, Havanna

Claire Beard

Salusbury Primary school: Outdoor structure

Alex Nacu

Salusbury Primary school artificial forest

Francesca Miles

Salusbury Primary school artificial forest

Francesca Miles

Boat making school on regents canal London

Jack Taylor

Science school, Regents Canal

Migle Pikelyte

Students

Amir Afshar
Claire Beard
Nancy Bodson
Shadi Farivar
Anastasia Glover
Richard Hardingham
Francesca Miles
Alex Nacu
Jens Olesen Kongstad
Migle Pikelyte
Jack Taylor
Tomohiro Sugeta

Critics

Emu Masumaya
Ian Maxwell
Lucy Paton
Mariana Pestana
Geraldine Holland
Patrick Weber