The winner of three awards this year, Taktik Design perfectly exemplifies a firm that successfully combines creativity, social utility and a multidisciplinary approach, as evidenced in the Academy Sainte-Anne project.
Distinctive for both its bilingual environment and its academic program, the school hired this design firm to create a flagship school that would offer children a stimulating environment for both their intellectual curiosity as well as their senses. This design firm is notable for going beyond the aesthetic in creating environments in which space relates to the human being.
The challenge in the Academy Sainte-Anne project was to build a 120,000 sq. ft.elementary school of the future in an 1896 heritage building. The design team opted to open up the space to provide corridors of visibility. A colour scheme identifies the different activity areas, helping students find their way around. Every element is thoughtfully designed, from the customized furniture to the easily accessible storage units, which free up visual and physical space by eliminating clutter. The themed rooms offer fun and enriching environments.
The jury members praised the strength of this project’s overall, formal concept as an across-the-board success. From the adroit use of colour, graphic style, LED lighting and architectural details, the jury was unanimous in its acclaim. In line with the establishment’s vocation, the spirit of education resonates in the design. But it is especially in the way the space was repurposed, along with its modernity and interactive originality that the school is infused with magic. It has been transformed into a tangible tool for teachers, a limitless source of inspiration and expression to help stimulate children’s development.