Cypress Ridge High School

Houston, Texas

  • FIRM



    Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

  • AREA

    461,189 sq.ft.





This new high school has a capacity of 3,000 students. It includes a centralized administration suite, clinic, library, centralized commons, large-group instruction, an 850-seat auditorium, music facilities (band, orchestra, choir), full athletic facilities and fields, life-skills suites, visual arts, daycare facilities and industrial-technology shops.

Streaming with ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$90.88CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas through its translucent roof, the two-level mall extends the full length of the school. Providing access to every department, the mall is the school’s primary circulation space and focal point of activity. Bridges cross the mall to link spaces on the second level. The mall opens directly to the commons at the center of the school.

Seating more than 1,000 students, the commons is a multipurpose space at the center of the school. Level changes break the big space into smaller areas and focus it toward the mall for special events. Serving areas are situated under arcades along both sides of the commons. An extension of the commons, the courtyard provides outdoor dining space and contains two amphitheaters for group activities.

"Wonderful use of color, graphics, materials and scale creates a great environment for high school students."—2003 jury