In a new township in Kuala Lumpur, the secondary school serves 1,200 students and 60 teachers; it contains 36 classrooms, a multi-purpose hall, science and IT laboratories, a library, canteen, and administrative offices. Natural lighting and ventilation, and protection against solar gain, were priorities: the classrooms are arranged on single-loaded corridors for cross ventilation; overhangs, fins, and corridors provide shade; and the lushly-planted courtyards and grounds help temper the environment. The concrete slabs, columns, and beams were prefabricated off-site. Although the architect was provided with standardised school plans, she modified them to create more engaging environments for learning and teaching, with comfortable interiors and an abundance of outdoor and covered areas to encourage interaction and exchange.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture