The École Sainte-Anne elementary school, located in the Rosemont neighbourhood in Montreal, wanted to offer students outdoor spaces that were as stimulating and versatile as all of their interior educational environments. The schoolyard, initially made entirely of asphalt, underwent a major transformation in order to offer the students as well as the teachers several distinct learning areas.
▼鸟瞰，bird’s eye view
The transformation work began with the addition of a large multi-sports field enclosed by protective strips, a basketball court and a racetrack. These new playing and learning fields now allow for higher energy expense for children during their breaks. The new outdoor schoolyard is benefited as much by the teaching of gym classes.
▼多功能户外空间，versatile outdoor spaces
▼由防护林、篮球场和跑道围合而成的大型多功能运动场地，a large multi-sports field enclosed by protective strips, a basketball court and a racetrack
The integration of new green spaces was a priority for the school administrators. A vegetation area, located in the heart of the schoolyard, serves multiple uses and activities. First a place of relaxation under the trees and a space for contemplation, it also allows the children to gather and meet inside the wooden cabins, now becoming a new place of knowledge sharing for students.
▼位于校园中心的绿植区，a vegetation area located in the heart of the schoolyard
▼学生们在小木屋里聚会，children gather and meet inside the wooden cabins
Thanks to the various seating places in coloured concrete, sufficient to seat a complete class, it is now possible for teachers to give whole classes in nature. In a corner of the new redesigned schoolyard, a plantation area with crushed brick floor to reduce heat islands among others has also been developed to give students horticulture classes and to allow them practice garden cultivation. The long custom table made of BC fir, Douglas fir, was designed with no integrated seating on one of its sides to allow the young students to work standing up during the planting activities.
▼混凝土制的彩色户外座椅，seating places in coloured concrete
▼混凝土座椅细部，details of the concrete seating block
▼校园的一角，a corner of the new schoolyard
▼种植园区，a plantation area
▼由加拿大冷杉和道格拉斯冷杉制成的长桌，the long made of BC fir and Douglas fir
To complete the transformation of the premises, entire sections of the school brick walls were painted with sunny and invigorating colours. This choice of colour palette and the painting of dynamic forms and angles break the classic, straight and static architectural design. The new outdoor playground of the École Sainte-Anne is now an extension of it, an educational place, inviting and promoting the development of each student.
▼砖墙部分涂上鲜艳有活力的颜色，brick walls were painted with sunny and invigorating colours
▼设计打破了经典、古板且静态的模式，break the classic, straight and static architectural design
Official name of the project: École Sainte-Anne – A new redesigned schoolyard
Location: Rosemont, Montreal, Canada
Project end date: September 2018
Area: 28 000 p
Customer: École primaire Sainte-Anne
Project manager: Cynthia Papinea
Collaborator: Nicola Tardif-Bourdages
Designer: Cynthia Papineau & Quentin Veron
Photograph: Maxime Brouillet