School and the City, Podgorica, Montenegro

School typology has always led to the creation of healthy environments, both as a pedagogical value and as a safety net for pupils and the entire community.

The plan stretches the limits of the benefits of the education system with the challenges of the 21st century such as the takeover of technology, screen time, extremism, and loneliness.

In light of this, the school in Radoje Dakic is designed in a way that allows pupils from both shifts to use the complex - without interfering. So, the pupils who are not studying at that moment can still be in a protected environment where they may use the school's facilities, while their parents are at work.

Furthermore, considering the location in its urban context, it can function as a connector between the residential neighborhoods to the south and the future public buildings to the north. That way the school could be used by the general public during after-school hours.

This kind of 'passage', becomes an urban space along which the public programs of the school, such as the entrance hall, the multi-purpose hall, a restaurant, a library, the sports halls, and the health services, are located.

That way, the school complex becomes an active actor and a part of the spatial and human fabric of the neighborhood, while it itself constitutes a kind of city in which public spaces such as squares, indoor spaces, a variety of routes, and passages, are interwoven.


Program . Elementary School
Client . Montenegro Education Department
Size . 
7200 sq. meters
Status . Competition 2023
Team . Michal Apfelberg, Yaniv Geller, Debby Vis, Noor Saad, Alex Rozenfeld


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