Imagine being in fifth class and deciding with your classmates what the classroom should look like. It does sound like a dream right? This dream will come true for the class in Sweden that wins the Classroom of the Future competition!
The Classroom of the Future competition is aimed at inspiring lower secondary pupils all over
Sweden to design their own dream school, a place to long for, where pupils can take on new
challenges and identify exciting ways to move forward for both pupils and teachers.
This year Hössna School from Ulricehamn won the competition. They were met on their first
term day at school by a classroom specially designed for modern learning with chairs that
encourage movement and sound-absorbing tabletops, a chill-out corner and two newly
refurbished areas for group assignments.
"It feels great, it feels like we can really relax. The classroom feels so much bigger, has more
space! It is so much different to how it was," says Wilma Björk, a pupil at the school.
The jury for this year's competition, in addition to members of the public and a jury team
consisting of representatives from Kinnarps, also included the interior architects Tina
Andersson and Eva-Johanna Isestig.
"I think it is exciting to see pupils from classes five and six contemplate and reflect on having
good chairs, flexible furniture and that noise is an important factor for them in the classroom.
For us at Kinnarps, it is important to always be in close dialogue with schools to be able to
understand current needs as well as the needs of the future," says Anders Larsson, Sales
Manager for Education Furniture at Kinnarps.