The new Središće Educational Complex consists of a new campus for the American International School of Zagreb (designed by Flansburgh), as well as a Croatian Kindergarten and a Croatian Elementary School (designed by AVP-Sangrad).
From the street, the three schools are designed to appear similar to one another, and to respond to the clean modernist aesthetic of Novi Zagreb, the communist-era neighborhood where the school is located. From the inside, however, the American school is more playful, with three courtyards punched into the superblock of the school to bring in natural light and green space into the heart of the school.
Classrooms are organized around a flexible interior core. Programmatically, this “core” contains the cafeteria, library, and informal learning spaces, but the spaces are flexible and multi-purpose. For example, the grand stair in the cafeteria can support presentations and informal performances. Classrooms open onto informal learning spaces which can be used for break-out, meeting space, and collaborative activities between multiple classes.
|Type||New Combined PK-12 Facility|
|Client||American International School of Zagreb & City of Zagreb|
|Size||6,000 square meters (65,000 square feet)|
|Architectural Team||David Croteau, Principal-in-Charge; Jenni Katajamäki, Project Architect|
|Consultants||Local Architect: Sangrad + AVP|