A material at the heart of Swedish culture and of the sustainability and wellbeing debate worldwide, wood features prominently in new Swedish school designs. The material brings a tactile beauty, lightness, and warmth, and it has been scientifically shown to promote calm, stimulate work, and facilitate communication and team-work in the educational environment.
Perhaps the most familiar of natural building materials, its use in schools makes absolute sense, coupled with its organic empathy that enhances the experiences of both teachers and children.
In the projects featured above, this certainly seems to be the case; and in renovation projects too, wood has played a new role. One example is Näsbypark School in Täby where Gustafs panels in white pigmented ash now clad the atrium, creating a dynamic space for meetings and gatherings.
Looking at these trends, one thing is clear: that when advanced technology driven by scientific research combines with natural materials and daylight, the health and wellbeing of both children and teachers are improved.