Neeson Cripps Academy
Neeson Cripps Academy is a school for secondary education in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Founded by Scott Neeson’s Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) and funded by Velcro Companies, the school will provide a high-quality learning programme to the city’s underprivileged children: a robust English language curriculum; STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) subjects; access to the latest digital technologies; and global connectivity through e-learning.
The architects wanted to build a learning compound with interactive and flexible gathering spaces. Much of the ground level will be left open to provide a sheltered space with a visual connection to a large courtyard garden—this seeks to maximise natural lighting and lessen the school’s vulnerability to flooding.