16 of the most beautiful schools in the world

Education is meant to enrich students, and part of that experience is ensuring that they learn in a quality environment.

This year’s shortlist for the World Architecture Festival, held over three days in November in Berlin, Germany, include feats of educational design from the US, France, Vietnam, India, and everywhere in between.

Here’s a sampling of the most beautiful schools in the world.

The East Sydney Early Learning Centre, in Sydney, Australia, blends the indoors and outdoors with open-air rooms and faux-grass play areas.

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Architect: Andrew Burges Architects

Kids can crawl through the indoor lawns or hop in wide-open sandboxes, all within the confines of the larger building.

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Architect: Andrew Burges Architects

With its edgy, pointed exterior, the Mandeville Centre, in Toorak, Australia, may be imposing from the outside. But inside, the mood changes entirely.

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Architect: Architectus

Visitors can sit comfortably on colourful furniture and enjoy sweeping views accented by light-wood walls.

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Architect: Architectus

London's Channing School, an all-girls day school, features several adjoined buildings evoking a quaint, countryside feel.

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Architect: BuckleyGrayYeoman

The lofty auditorium features a modern design with dual balconies and 270-degree seating.

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Architect: BuckleyGrayYeoman

In Hawthorn, Australia, the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre for Science taps into a natural aesthetic with its curved railings that bend into ceiling structures.

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Architect: Cox Architecture

Much of the interior is crafted from wood to convey a soft, calming environment for students.

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Architect: Cox Architecture

In Istanbul, Turkey, the Bahriye Ucok Kindergarten has a jagged, playful exterior. The building itself sits inside a grassy, tree-lined enclosure.

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Architect: Dilekci Architects

Colourful windows and walkways add to the lightheartedness of the building.

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Architect: Dilekci Architects

In Wells, in the UK, the new music facilities at the local Cathedral School carries a soft glow in the evening, emitting light through its open facade.

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Architect: Eric Parry Architects

The concert hall comes equipped with wide windows and acoustics designed to carry student performances to the back of the hall.

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Architect: Eric Parry Architects

In Tallinn, Estonia, temporary concrete classrooms form an extension to the Rocca Al Mare School.

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Architect: Kodasema

A geometric yellow tunnel guides students into the cube-like classrooms, which feature one floor-to-ceiling window to behold the outdoors.

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Architect: Kodasema

The Wockhardt Global School, in Aurangabad, India, melds the greenery outside with the building's interior.

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Architect: Mandviwala Qutub & Associates

The school stays well-ventilated with circular cutouts in the ceiling and other gaps to facilitate air flow.

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Architect: Mandviwala Qutub & Associates

IKC de Geluksvogel, in the Dutch city of Maastricht, takes a modern, industrial approach to school design.

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Architect: UArchitects and Misak Terzibasiyan

The interior switches gears, however, to allow for softer, more natural tones in the sloping, wood designs.

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Architect: UArchitects and Misak Terzibasiyan

France's Gastronomic Campus, in Normandy, offers a low-slung, boxy design that calls to mind forestry and ruggedness.

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Architect: Atelier Arcau

A handful of modern design flourishes, such as tall glass windows, complement the earthy facade.

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Architect: Atelier Arcau

Mimicking the red rocks of the desert, Phoenix's Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building slope and plunge at irregular angles.

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Architect: CO Architects

The winding pathways between buildings emulate the narrow passageways found in the rocky Arizona environment.

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Architect: CO Architects

Duke University's West Campus Union could pass for a modern renovation of Hogwarts. Its all-glass facade is juxtaposed by the medieval architecture nearby.

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Architect: Grimshaw

The interior is entirely modern, with square lines and hard angles. The open-floor plan and tall ceilings create an enhanced sense of roominess.

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Architect: Grimshaw

The Derendorf Campus at Dusseldorf's University of Applied Sciences, in Germany, takes a rather brutalist approach to education design.

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Architect: Nickl & Partner Architekten

The all-concrete building has only one pop of colour: the black and red staircase in the main lobby.

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Architect: Nickl & Partner Architekten

University of Kent's Sibson Building, in the UK town of Canterbury, features a rolling facade lit from below.

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Architect: Penoyre & Prasad

During the day, the interior pours light onto the students below. White walls enhance the building's brightness.

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Architect: Penoyre & Prasad

A series of crooked lines create the illusion of disjointedness at the University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons.

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Architect: Studio Gang

Meanwhile, the interior sticks with a modern design and simple colour scheme to give the building a clean, sleek look.

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Architect: Studio Gang

The International Center for Interdisciplinary Science and Education, in Quy Nhon, Vietnam, is an open-air bungalow with ample exposure to the outdoors.

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Architect: studioMilou

Wide porticos and tall ceilings offer sweeping views of the nearby jungles and palm trees, creating a calming learning environment.

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Architect: studioMilou

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