A unique project in an Arab city in Israel is a collaboration between a visionary director and an interior designer who specializes in combining innovative educational environments and original design.
▼教室内部空间概览，overview of the interior space of the classroom
The area designated for First Grade students was designed to allow for imaginative learning. Special detail was paid to soften the transition from Kindergarten to First Grade. The complex was created reflecting an environmentally friendly design while promoting an enjoyable learning experience. The environment is an educator within itself, shaping creative thinkers and encouraging experimentation and exploration.
The space was created using a contemporary modern design language but incorporates elements of Arabic culture, taking inspiration from the embroidery in traditional dresses. The black, white and red color scheme accompanied by trees draws inspiration from Arab folktales. An interactive library is the focal point of the 130 sq.m space, combining sitting and standing niches shaped as round and triangular geometrics. A famous poem in Arabic is carved into the natural wood of the large piece. The library stores a variety of didactic games for the children to play with. The wooden cabinet doors are affixed with decorative graphic elements.
▼专为一年级学生而打造的学习区域，a study area for first grade students
▼黑、白、红三色与木材的搭配灵感则来自阿拉伯的民间故事，the black, white and red color scheme accompanied by trees draws inspiration from Arab folktales
Study areas throughout the space are defined by different themes: A wooden wall with a map of the world is the focal point of the area focused around geography. A large interactive wall puzzle gives children the ability to move around different pieces. The puzzle pieces bear the names of the continents, as well as animals native to each continent.
▼大型互动式拼图墙使孩子们能够在不同的模块之间移动，a large interactive wall puzzle gives children the ability to move around different pieces
Alongside the map of the world is a library wall designed by the contours of the city of Tamra and Masgeda. Shelves are affixed to the wall, holding books for the children to take at their leisure.
▼藏书墙是根据塔姆拉Tamra和马斯格达市的轮廓设计而成的，a library wall designed by the contours of the city of Tamra and Masgeda
In the center of the geography and library corner is a padded island of trees for reading and lounging. This area is enclosed by a partition designed as a large wooden old-fashioned calculator. Fingers and hands demonstrating different exercises are engraved into the wooden facade.
▼被设计成大型木制算盘的隔墙，a partition designed as a large wooden old-fashioned calculator
On one end of the space sits a wooden house with graphic elements of traditional ornamentation. This structure contains a stage used for children’s performances and to practice various language skills through dramatic games. Large upholstered cushions designed as numbers are scattered throughout the space, used for sitting and learning numbers.
▼在教室一端的木屋中有一个儿童表演舞台，in a wooden house at one end of the classroom there is a children’s performance stage
▼木屋立面上带有传统装饰图形元素，the wooden house has traditional decorative graphic elements on the facade
A structure of rotating wooden blocks is an area for play and learning. On one side of the cube, a letter is engraved in Arabic and on the other is an image beginning with that letter. A long table is decorated with wooden surfaces of different colors that create backgammon and checkers boards.
▼木屋旁的旋转木块结构区域，the rotating block structure area next to the cabin
“校长Samah Awad和我之间的合作是由两位女性之间的相同信念而建立起来的。我们俩都相信教育具有变革和影响人类的力量。”——Sarit Shani Hay说道。
“The collaboration between the school principal, Samah Awad and I was created as a result of a human encounter between two women. Both of us believe in the power of education to change and to influence. Both of us aspire for coexistence” – Sarit Shani Hay.
▼用不同颜色的木质表面来装饰的长桌，形成了西洋双陆棋和跳棋盘，a long table is decorated with wooden surfaces of different colors that create backgammon and checkers boards
▼大片的天然木材上雕刻有阿拉伯一首著名的诗，large tracts of natural wood are carved with a famous Arabic poem
Furniture & Interior Design: Sarit Shani Hay
Photography: Tal Nissim