A woven exterior skin provides one such creative opportunity. On the exterior of the metal framing a welded wire mesh is attached, forming the support system for the exterior skin. This skin would act as a rain screen and an insulating double wall allowing for air circulation. The weaving of this skin, using locally collected materials, whether bamboo, twigs and branches, plastic bags, or shredded tires, would also be an invaluable learning tool, providing an opportunity for individualization and collaboration, a chance for students to connect with their immediate surroundings and personalize their everyday environment.
Classrooms themselves are also designed to encourage growth and personalization by both teachers and students. A number of hinged components fold into optional furnishings for classrooms – small work tables, and shelving units for storage of supplies. Additionally, a number of the panels are hinged to operate like gills – teachers and students have the ability to control the cross breezes by opening and closing the gills. The flexibility of these gills allows classrooms to be divided into two rooms, or to open up onto other classrooms or deck space, forming larger, shared spaces for learning. Our hope is for these classrooms to reflect the evolving needs of the teachers and the children using them.