Application of Attention Restoration Theory in Elementary School Setting in order to Improve Educational and Social Performance of Children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

CompanySavannah College of Art and Design
ClientMalgorzata Malarczyk Miletti
DesignerMalgorzata Malarczyk Miletti
Prize3rd Place in Interior Design / Institutional
Entry Description

The purpose of this project is to explore the benefits of applying Attention Restoration theories and principles of Biophilic design in an scholastic setting in order to improve the educational and social performance of children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The design concept, “The journey is more important than the destination” together with a focus on nature, individual child, and spirituality created the project foundation. The result is a Small Learning Community which offers students flexibility, exploration, privacy, and escape. The design and programmatic use of the space supports a sense of individual ownership allowing students to be in charge of their own learning. Set adjacent to a park, children intermingle with nature as they move through and within the spaces, which also offer abundance of daylight and vistas. Emphasis was placed on providing learning areas which are fluid and flexible in order to support a variety of learning styles.