Taktik Design was tasked with designing an elementary school of tomorrow in a 11 150m² heritage building built in 1896. After the company’s industrial, interior and graphic designers proposed an initial solution for everything from room layout to furniture design and communication, Taktik was given carte blanche to create an environment that would accommodate the latest teaching standards.
They drew on innovative international teaching methods to create a fun-filled environment with kids in mind. The space is less of an interpretation of their imaginations and more of a blank canvas for their creativity.
More light was allowed into the heart of the school and relevant connections between functions were drawn. Thematic rooms such as a greenhouse and a theatre were created to support teachers in their educational programmes.
Every aspect of the furniture was carefully considered to strengthen the project concept. To meet the school’s need for cost-effective materials, seven hundred sheets of plywood were modelled. This option proved less costly and more suitable than the furniture available on the market.
A single colour was assigned to each group and special signage and a colour chart were developed to facilitate student orientation as well as promote a sense of belonging. The school logo was also redesigned to be progressive, indicating the students’ grade cycles and classroom floors. The classrooms have a monochrome theme to prevent visual overstimulation and allow the space to be brought to life by the children.
The design as well as the school’s modern approach was recognised at the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN. The contest jury stated: “From the use of colour to the graphic design and furniture concepts, the jury unanimously agrees on the project’s overall strength and success. The design reflects the teaching approach and is true to the establishment’s identity. But its modern look and reconfiguration are what really make it a magical space that simultaneously supports teachers and encourages children to explore.”
Taktik Design also took home awards in the Institutional Establishment and Commercial Furnishings categories for their work at Sainte-Anne Academy.
Images by Maxime Brouillet
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