Campus Ramot Be'er Sheva
Program: High School 36 class | Location: Be'er Sheva, Ramot | Area: 10,000 sqm | Client: Be'er Sheva Municipality | Status: Design proposal | collaboration with Storey Architects
1. Idea: The main idea of this high school design was to create an open, welcoming and attractive learning environment for 36 class high school accommodating approximately 1200 students. To do so, we decided to create a campus rather than a building. We believe that academic achievements derive not only from the meticulous class buildings design but also from interaction between students outside the classes, in courtyards, lawns, sports area, foyers etc. the campus array of the buildings gives us the possibility to create these places in various forms and scales thus enabling a rich campus life and at the same time to optimize the use of the entire lot.
2. Added value: Our secondary target was to merge this rich campus life with the surrounding community, the neighborhood, in such a way that both communities will benefit from the geographic proximity. That included two steps:
a. All the buildings have double use along the day, (before and after school hours) serving these two communities, and offering a better and more sustainable use of the compound.
b. We strategically located the two main entrance squares in opposite side of the compound, followed by a series of secondary squares to function both as main movement axis for the campus, but also to reconnect two parts of the neighborhood now divided by the empty lot. The campus is opened after school hours and functions as a "green lung" for the neighborhood, an upgraded park with buildings that serves the community.
3. Program: The campus consists of three class buildings, each one accommodates two school years. The existing steep terrain enabled us to place each building half a story higher than the other, connected by a set of stairs and ramps. This creates a sense of privacy and autonomy for every two school years, while at the same time maintains the sense of campus as one organic entity.
4. Sustainable Design: The class building design takes into consideration the Beer Sheva desert environment and climate, offering plenty of shade and shelter. Each building consists of one orthogonal wing facing north and south and one rotated wing that opens the heart of each building to the west. This draws the western winds deep into the heart of the campus to moderate the temperature of the buildings and courtyards, while at the same time offers panoramic views to the open desert.
Roof gardens gives the building another boost of clean fresh air, helps to cool the building and reduce the energy consumption of cooling systems, but more important, gives the possibility to educate the next generation toward a better and more sustainable way of life.