Architect Lior Ben-Shitrit designed an innovative workspace space where children with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can thrive. The Isreali architect is known for designing attractive and alternate learning environments.
Ben-Sheetrit designed the details and furnishings for the classroom after extensively observing the students and talking with them and their teachers about the difficulties they experience in a standard classroom setting. The students reported that notice boards, posters, accessories, decorations were distracting and that sitting still made learning a challenging experience.
The unique classroom called the “Yes I Can!” classroom at Darca High School in Kiryat Malachi, Israel features chairs made from yoga balls, tables on wheels, individual workspaces, and distraction-free décor. The classroom has translucent, coloured surfaces and the furniture is based on circles, rectangles and squares.
The classroom is a pilot project designed to accommodate 55 learners.
The personal workspaces were fitted to accommodate learners who require individual study or one-on-one training. The yoga ball seats allow the students to move around without distracting themselves or other learners.
The students report that it is much easier for them to study and concentrate in the new classroom thanks to the clean design – no notice boards, posters, accessories or decorations featured in a regular classroom.