“Smart School” Educational Complex in Siberia – Finalists Announced

The “Smart School” Competition between leading international architects is entering its final phase this week as six firms vie for a commission to design a unique $58 million educational complex that will include a village for families adopting children from Siberia.

The finalists are:

  • Work Architecture Co. – New York
  • CEBRA – Denmark
  • Architects Rudanko – Finland
  • MKPL Architects – Singapore
  • Sout Fujimoto Architects – Japan
  • MVRDV – The Netherlands

The winner, to be named June 30, will design the complex being created to meet the diverse education needs of children in the in the Irkutsk region of Russia

The Smart School Educational Complex will be built on the outskirts of Irkutsk on the bank of the Angara River. It will be made up of 37 buildings, including a kindergarten, elementary and high schools; a village for foster families; cultural and recreational centers and an administrative complex.

The goal of the complex, which will house about 1,000 students, is to create a first-of-its-kind school in Russia that provides support for children of all of levels of education and emotional needs and helps link children ready for adoption with foster families.

For more information about the competition, go to: www.smartschooltender.ru