Choice of material is one of the most crucial decisions that any architect has to make when designing a building, so Studio Air Putih opted to hedge its bets with this school outside of Jakarta, Indonesia. Rather than selecting one primary material, the school combines classic red brick, rusted steel, and bare concrete into one harmonious design.
Red brick is a very traditional building material for school, with the red brick schoolhouse serving as a handy metonym for the concept of primary school as a whole. Rather than relying on this trope alone, though, Studio Air Putih chose to make the design more interesting. The school's gate and various features around the building incorporate deep orange, rusted steel slats, and the walkways and steps are all made from smooth, bare concrete.
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