1. Stowe school, Buckinghamshire, England

It was founded in 1923 in the Arcadian landscape of one of England’s most romantic country estates. It was at a time threatened with demolition, but was saved after a spirited fight led by the architect, Clough William-Ellis. It was turned into a school, and John Fergusson Roxburgh was it’s first headmaster. He said it would be a school where every pupil would “know beauty when he sees it all his life.”

A2EFNJ South Front of Stowe School Buckinghamshire England UK. Image shot 2006. Exact date unknown.

South Front of Stowe School Buckinghamshire England UK. Image shot 2006.

2. Lagoon School, Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria

This is a floating school in Makoko, a waterborne shanty town off the coast of Lagos. Here, NLE architects, a Dutch firm led by Nigerian-born Kunlé Adeyemi, have shaped a simple, yet beautiful timber school floating among lagoon houses.

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3. Magdalen College, Oxford, England

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 Magdelen College in Oxford designed by William Orchard (Credit: Lifescenes / Alamy Stock Photo)

4. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

The old library of Trinity College is a 213-ft (65m) long room is timber-lined throughout, and rises to a great barrel vault. When it was completed in 1732 to designs by Colonel Thomas Burgh, a military engineer, architect and MP, the library was both one of the largest and one of the most civilised new buildings in this city.

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Library at Trinity College, Dublin – The Long Room

5. Scripps College, near Los Angeles, California, USA
It is a liberal women’s college founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps in Claremont, a small town 56 km east of Los Angeles.
scripps college
6. Rolex Learning Centre, Lausanne, Switzerland
The Japanese architects Sanaa designed this school with its gentle gravity defying loops

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7. Druk White Lotus School, Shey-Ladakh, India

This school is in the mountainous regions of Ladakh, India. It was designed by Arup Associates and Ove Arup and Partners, and has been under construction for the past 15 years, growing to accommodate children from surrounding mountainous villages. It’s aim is to bring the latest education to Himalayan children while preserving their Tibetan Buddhist culture.

BE63PA Elementary school children in the modern playground of the private-religious Druk White Lotus School, Shey, Ladakh, India

Elementary school children in the modern playground of the private-religious Druk White Lotus School, Shey, Ladakh, India

It is not cost, but imagination that counts the most in the design of schools and colleges, this and the idea that they are, above all, places to learn and to grow.

Source: BBC Culture