12 of the most beautiful schools of the future

The shortlist for this year’s World Architecture Festival, set to take place in Berlin, Germany this November, includes a slew of future projects still in development.

Some of those projects include schools and university buildings that could redefine how students learn.

In Vietnam, plants will soon grow on the exterior of FPT University, while in Kuwait the interior of Kuwait University will resemble a game of Tetris.

Though they don’t exist quite yet, they’re just a couple of the most beautiful schools of the future.

Aga Khan Academy has three locations up and running around the world with over a dozen more in development, including one in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, SHATOTTO Architects

The school caters to students 6-18 years old and features breezy walkways set around a main athletic field.

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Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, SHATOTTO Architects

In London, the Arts Educational Schools (often known as ArtsEd) hosts performing arts students studying theatre and dance.

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Architect: De Matos Ryan

The studios feature modern designs and sprawling views of the campus.

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Architect: De Matos Ryan

Known for its affinity for plant-covered buildings, Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed FPT University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in a similar fashion.

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Architect: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Both the interior and exterior feature ample shrubs and trees meant to purify the air and calm the busy student body.

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Architect: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Also by the same firm, Viettel Academy Educational Centre in Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, is roughly 19 miles from Hanoi.

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Architect: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

The buildings' red bricks will be juxtaposed against the greenery found throughout the campus.

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Architect: Vo Trong Nghia Architects

The Incubator Block for the Arts University Bournemouth, in Dorset, United Kingdom, features a freeform orange design on the exterior.

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Architect: Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau

The interior contains a jagged mixture of natural wood and bright oranges and reds. The school caters to students pursuing higher education in arts and design.

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Architect: Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau

In St. Petersburg, Russia, the judo school borrows from traditional Japanese architecture with 'deconstructed' spaces intended for instruction.

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Architect: Studio 44 Architects

The large studio offers panoramic views of the surrounding park and city.

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Architect: Studio 44 Architects

Kuwait University is getting new central administration facilities that feature a textured, cross-hatched design.

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Architect: Pace

The interior could double as a game of Tetris, as students and faculty move about the multi-level building.

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Architect: Pace

The University of Manchester is adding a massive new engineering campus, which is one of the largest projects undertaken by a UK higher education institution.

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Architect: Mecanoo Architects

The multi-story building will feature clean lines and subtle accents on columns and walls as an ode to the building's engineering roots.

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Architect: Mecanoo Architects

At the University of Miami, the Miller Medical Education Center features a three-level learning space that divides students between hands-on skills, targeted classes, and free-flowing forums.

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Architect: CO Architects

Without any supporting columns, the open-plan interior is meant to blend each level seamlessly.

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Architect: CO Architects

Singapore's NUS School of Design seems to swallow up its students as they walk on the outdoor concourse.

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Architect: Serie Architects+MPly with Surbana Jurong

Meanwhile, those on the inside are treated to bright, sweeping views and modern aesthetics.

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Architect: Serie Architects+MPly with Surbana Jurong

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is home to the Sustainable Energy Technologies Center. From above it resembles an alien spacecraft or twin cruise ships.

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Architect: edgeARCH

A sleek, spacious interior features a wind energy lab, facilities to build thin film solar cells and biofuels, and places to create and store hydrogen fuel cells.

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Architect: edgeARCH

The University of Glasgow has a plan to revamp nearly its entire campus, from the urban life of West End Glasgow to the auditorium and art gallery.

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Architect: AECOM

When complete, the campus will unify Glasgow's city center with university buildings.

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Architect: AECOM

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