Riverbend School

Riverbend School is a weekday boarding school near Chennai, India. Its mission is to raise children who contribute to the world. To do this, the school focuses on student happiness and emotional intelligence.

How the design works
A school focusing on happiness needs its environment to do the same. So how do we design architecture that makes kids happy?

We turn to science. Studies show true happiness comes from our relationships. And the strongest relationships are in villages. If you want kids to be happy, put them in a village where they form relationships.

We studied what makes villages special and then designed Riverbend the same way. There’s a public plaza. Intimate walkways. Outdoor pavilions. Courtyard houses. Lush gardens. Kids even grow crops and raise livestock.

Fast Company calls the school a world changing idea. Construction begins 2019.



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