Willows Community School

Culver City, California

The Willows Community School occupies two converted industrial buildings. Renovation and upgrades to a third building complete a pattern of property acquisition that has added 9,100 square feet of space for a new middle school.

The program required seven classrooms, a central campus library and technology center. The center of the building is carved out to create a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$109.89FEATURED IN2002 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation space flooded with light through a pattern of skylights. The surrounding spaces are treated as rooms, with windows at high and low points to borrow light from the commons space.

The library has become an academic and social center with access to an outdoor patio that provides a quiet reading garden. Every classroom has large window areas to maximize daylighting.

The 1950s industrial structure has tilt-up concrete walls and an elaborate wood bowstring roof-truss system. The roof and walls required significant seismic upgrades. The pattern of ties and brackets enhances the decorative pattern of the structure.