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Design Pattern: Welcoming Entry

Welcoming Entry

First and foremost, the entry should be welcoming.

Welcoming EntryIt should be inviting and friendly and not institutional-looking or forbidding. We know that community involvement in schools is a key factor in their success and so the community needs to feel that the school belongs to them.

This welcoming aspect has to be balanced by the need to secure the entry and separate it publicly accessible spaces from the student areas.

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


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


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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