Jåttå Vocational School is designed as a small ‘town in town’ featuring a vibrant double-high central street surrounded by individual ‘urban quarters’, each with their own teaching environments and lecture rooms.
The heart of the school – the central street comprising the main hall, canteen and resource centre – forms an active and vibrant gathering point offering a view of the green patios and roof landscape of the building as well as the workshops and study areas. A sequence of ramps and stairs lead from the entrance further up through the building and through the lecture hall, all the way up to the roof landscape offering a view of the scenery and fjord.
With its minimalist, almost floating architecture, Jåttå Vocational School forms the entrance to Stavanger’s new urban quarter by the fjord. The concentrated design enhances the way the building interacts with its surroundings and thus underlines its proximity and transparency. The double high windows allow daylight into the building, stimulating the learning process.
As one of Norway’s most modern school buildings, Jåttå Vocational School is an example of how architecture can influence an active and instructive learning environment. The school is based on, and innovates, the perception of fruitful learning methods and constitutes an active and modern working space with zones for immersion and zones for social interaction. The open and varied spatial sequences provide the opportunity for differentiated learning adapting to different situations and different styles of learning. In this way the school functions like a modern place of work with large open teaching environments and workshops for special subjects.
Due to its strong pedagogical qualities the projects was nominated as one of the world’s six best university buildings by World of Architecture News 2009.