All photos courtesy of Jean-François Schmit via ArchDaily
Where were schools like this when we were growing up? Jean-François Schmit Architectes have designed a school" in Paris that's very nature-oriented, with large swathes of green-space and a zen garden that students enjoy from the school's own open-air roof terrace and greenhouse. These features create a bit of a natural oasis in the heart of Paris. But this design—what Schmit calls an "eco-school"—isn't just paying lip service to the idea of sustainability: in the warmer summer months, the greenhouse helps facilitate passive cooling in the school, with hot air escaping through an opening in the roof.
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