The proposal is for a new State High School and Sport Building in Rae (Harjumaa, Estonia). The campus design re-interprets the Rae coat of arms and is organised around a 'cross' that connects all the key buildings with the surrounding context. A hedge with localised acoustic screens protects the campus from traffic noise and the unsightly industrial neighbours.
The School building is for students aged 16-19 and is designed in 2 stages, to accommodate an expansion from 360 students to 540. The Sport building is meant to be used by the School as well as locals, with the overall campus becoming an important civic space.
The buildings and the Cross are primarily constructed from locally sourced timber, becoming a celebration of this versatile material — the associated benefit of carbon sequestration alongside local energy production aims to make the whole campus carbon-negative as an important statement as well as an educational vehicle for future generations.
The School net area is 4500m2, while the Sport building is 1700m2.
The competition entry was in collaboration with Juhan Kangilanski (What If OÜ, Project Management).
RAE CROSS · High School + Sport Building
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