How architecture can elevate the learning experience

Case study: AOC School

In addition to teaching the traditional academic subjects, The AOC School in Doetinchem, The Netherlands, places a great emphasis on teaching its students sustainable agriculture and farming. AKKA was invited to create a proposal for redesigning the 1982 school buildings as well as creating a new extension building.

Driven by our vision to create spaces that foster better interactions, we aimed to create here a modern and future-oriented educational building, a natural and green environment outside the buildings but also inside of them. We designed a holistic educational complex that embraces and honours traditional agricultural and farming techniques, by placing new technologies at the service of agriculture and farming. Flexibility, sustainability, and circularity were the main concepts driving this project.

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-Private Client of AKKA



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