This is the first in a weekly display of student work, sponsored by Students'Union, a new service for students set up by architectural hardware specialist Union in association with The Architects' Journal. Its website, at www. students-union. net, provides a wide range of information aimed at students, from event listings and lecture reviews to travel hints and tips and in-depth technical briefing.You will also find the latest news about what is going on in schools.The first 500 students to register on the Students'Union website will also get a free subscription to the AJ's award-winning website, AJ+, and the next 500 will qualify for a heavily discounted subscription of only £12 a year.Student work shown in the AJ will be archived on the Students'Union website.
This design for a school is a final-year diploma project by Alice Fung from the University of Bath. Intended as a critique of the government's school programme, the design is based on the premise that children cannot be pigeonholed within finite parameters. It encourages flexibility in terms of both educational programme and the spatial arrangement, and allows for the appropriation of territory so that the student can develop levels of responsibility and social awareness outside the structured curriculum.The translucency of the building is designed to soften the rigidity of the institution.Fung's tutors are Adam Caruso and Peter St John.