Posted by Zac Taylor on Mar 15, 2013
Related program: Green Schools
Last month, the Architecture for Humanity team was on hand for the opening gala of the Green Schools exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., where a fully functioning prototype of the 2009 Open Architecture Challenge Winner Sprout Space is currently on display.
At the gala, our friends at Perkins+Will offered us a tour of the world's most environmentally friendly modular classroom, the Sprout Space. A fully functioning prototype of the Sprout Space can be toured on the National Building Museum's front lawn for the duration of the exhibition. The Green Schools exhibition, which was curated with the help of our partners at the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, runs through January 2014.
The Sprout Space, formerly the PeaPod, was conceived in response to the 2009 Classroom Challenge hosted by Architecture for Humanity and the Open Architecture Network. Meeting criteria in sustainability and innovation, the design won the design competition's Relocatable Classroom Design category.
"Every aspect of the Sprout Space classroom was designed with the goal of enhancing student learning," says Perkins+Will in a press release. "The design incorporates green building strategies which eliminate energy costs, create a healthier learning environment, and reduce construction costs."
For production of the units Perkins+Will partnered with distributor Triumph Modular and manufacturer Mark Line Industries. The unit is now available nationwide.