Architecture for Humanity hosts the Open Architecture Challenge every two years, in which design firms partner with existing organizations to "address architectural inequities affecting the health, prosperity and well-being of under-served communities." This year's challenge focused on classrooms.
Section Eight Design was selected as the winner for their partnership with Teton Valley Community School, a non-profit, independent school in Victor, Idaho. The proposal, pictured above, focuses on scalability and a connection to the outdoors, taking advantage of the school's location at the base of the Teton Mountain Range. In addition to classrooms and meeting spaces that the school will build incrementally as they raise funds, gardens, farm animals, and local, drought-resistant flora will be integrated into the school's fabric to promote community, environmental responsibility and a "sense of place."
The best part is that Architecture for Humanity has awarded a total grant of $55,000 dollars to help them out with this! For the rest of the awards, finalists, and semi-finalists visit Open Architecture's comprehensive site here. Also, keep your eyes open for a traveling exhibition to commence soon (or contact them if you'd like to host)!
More shots of Section Eight Design's Teton Valley Community School proposal after the jump.