The Evelyn Grace Academy.
Designed by famed architect Zaha Hadid, this redesign won multiple awards. The robust buildings are strong and low-maintenance, but provide expansive, well-lit interiors.
Despite the success, the UK later banned curved schools, saying that non-uniform designs cost too much.
The Surrey City Centre Library.
This bold public library near Vancouver combines curves and points to create a unique space that utilises solar warmth to make the vast interior comfortable for studiers.
The library was a response to the increasing importance of digital data, with physical book collections no longer being as important. Instead, this library offers open spaces for people to meet and collaborate.
The community was involved in the design process through the library’s online presence, encouraging feedback and comments from civilians.
This fascinating extension houses the fine arts faculty of a Spanish university. The sparse, empty concrete gives the area a course feeling, allowing students a blank canvas on which to create their own activities and happenings.
Located near a highway, the building curves around to make its public spaces open, but also protected from the busy, urban exterior.
Wooden Open Library.
This open library near Toronto allows a few people in it at a time. The single shelf works on a take-something-leave-something arrangement that allows strangers to share literature with each other.
The building closes into a box overnight to keep the books safe.
Hallfield primary school.
This London primary school threw together buildings of different shapes and sizes – in many ways echoing the creativity of a school child.
The learning spaces, with their strange curvatures and abrupt corners, became part of the learning resources, and likely embedded themselves into the memory and affections of the students that studied here.
St James Senior Girls School.
This small collection of close-quarter classrooms is designed to transition its students from their educational lives to their adult lives. The village-style architecture encourage pupils to take control of their position in the system, whilst feeling a sense of belonging to their own small part of the school.
The building combines elements of traditional architecture, whilst employing modern elements (such as the clay roof lanterns), which make it more eco friendly and fill the space with natural light.
This stand-alone drawing studio is situated on the grounds of the University is belongs to in the UK.
It is incredibly bold on the outside and confrontingly minimal on the inside. There’s nowhere for students or subject to hide as they experiment with their craft.
The circular face makes powerful use of natural light and the trees and grass of the surrounds are challenged by the starkness of the building.
This beautiful kindergarten has the kind of restrained colour-scheme of a modern loungeroom, without reducing the playfulness it needs to keep children interested.
The building is all about making pupils feel that they can and should be always exploring space, regardless of how much it seems like part of the background.
To see some of our outdoor learning structures, download our COLABuild brochure.
10 Creative Ways To Reuse Old Horse Stirrups
1. A door knocker.
A simple little way of letting visitors know that they’re about to enter a horse property. A great first impression.
2. A towel holder.
Any way you can get a little reminder of your horses into your everyday decor is a good idea. This lovely little touch makes you feel like you’re in a luxury BnB ranch,
3. Wind chimes.
A great idea that looks nice and sounds even better. Wind chimes are underrated, right?
4. Candle light holders.
Beautiful, simple and easy to set up. As in the photo, it’s best to make sure these aren’t actual open flames, but LED lights.
A wonderful way to liven up your back patio.
5. A dream catcher.
If you’re into the bohemian look, an old English stirrup can be made into a nice dream catcher with some simple crafting techniques.
6. A lamp.
Another project using an old english stirrup, this lamp gives a nice rustic look to a room, and uses the stirrup very subtly.
7. A Christmas wreath centrepiece.
Old stirrups are versatile because of their simple shape – they look great in a whole lot of different designs.
8. A decoration.
Super simple, right? Make use of that naturally beautiful shape of the stirrup and hang a little decoration in there with twine.
9. A hand towel holder.
Or a napkin holder. Either way, all you need is an English stirrup. Nothing else
10. A photo frame.
Beautiful! An elegant way to keep your memories.
English stirrups can be attached to the wall and used as tiny shelves for trinkets. Excellent.
7 Amazing Effects A Horse Has On A Child’s Brain
If you’ve ever heard of equine-assisted learning, you’re aware of the benefits of kids spending time with horses. It’s more than just an idea; studies repeatedly find that spending time with horses has a huge positive impact on children’s development.
These studies began when children with learning disabilities were found to be highly responsive to working with horses. Since then, the practise has spread to others fields, with benefits being found for students, adults and people suffering from PTSD.
The reason is not entirely understood, but children seem to show a unique receptivity to working with horses.
We’ve compiled a list of the main benefits that people experience when doing work with horses. All of the effects are supported by experimental evidence.
Increases in Self esteem.
Greater attention spans.
Higher levels of trust.
Lower cortisol levels.
(Cortisol is the hormone in the brain linked to stress.)
Higher levels of trust.
Decreases in anger.
The amazing effect of horses has been used to make education more effective, with equine-assisted learning programs. It’s even been introduced to the world of psychology, with some practitioners looking into equine-assisted psychotherapy!
These studies confirm what most horse people knew intuitively; there’s something about horses that changes humans for the better.