Crosswinds Arts and Science Middle School

Woodbury, Minnesota

Crosswinds Arts and Science Middle School represents a new direction in middle school planning and design: a facility uniquely designed to meet both program and student goals. This state-funded voluntary desegregation project operates year-round for St. Paul and suburban students in grades 6 to 8. Crosswinds was created to serve as a bridge between not only urban ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$140.50CITATIONMiddle School CitationFEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio suburban, but also the arts and sciences, discovery and presentation, and childhood and adolescence.

Three primary challenges:

- Creating dynamic spaces that integrate learning about arts and sciences. The goal was an integrated learning in which arts inform the presentation of science, and science influences art.

- Incorporating presentation and performance spaces where students present what they learn.

- Meeting the needs of middle-level learning.

Architects created an environment modeled on an Italian hill town with multiple activities, vivid color and many levels. Multilevel houses were created around a central core.

Each of the six two-story home bases fosters a sense of identity and ownership. Home bases include a central presentation area, project room, seminar room and staff room.

"A flexible floor plan that allows for student-centered learning."--2002 jury