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Design Pattern: Cave Space
 
 

Cave Space

Places for individual study, reflection, quiet reading and creative flow are rare in school.

Cave Space It is true that most schools have libraries to encourage reading and independent study, but the problem with libraries is that they are mostly set up according to an adult’s view of what a quiet place should be. The very rules that keep a library quiet sometimes make it oppressive for students. Schools need to explore other areas that can serve as Cave Spaces.

To learn more, order The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools (Nair, Fielding)


Patterns

Traditional Classroom

Learning Studio

Learning Suite

Small Learning Community

Welcoming Entry

Student Display Space

Home Base and Individual Storage

Physical Fitness

Science Labs, Art Labs, and Life Skills Areas

Art, Music, Performance

Casual Eating Areas

Transparency

Interior and Exterior Vistas

Dispersed Technology

Indoor-Outdoor Connection

Furniture: Soft Seating

Flexible Spaces

Campfire Space

Watering Hole Space

Cave Space

Designing for Multiple Intelligences

Daylight and Solar Energy

Natural Ventilation

Full Spectrum Lighting

Sustainable Elements and Building as 3-D Text

Local Signature

Connected to the Community

Bringing It All Together

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