Mountain View Elementary School engages students and families from diverse cultural backgrounds while embracing the contextual references generated by the surrounding post-war-era neighborhood. The building replaces a 1950s-vintage structure.
The building supports a collaborative, learning-based curriculum. The key element: arranging the classrooms into four academic CAPACITY550COST PER SQ FT$104.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio centers, each surrounding a central activity space. Adjacent to each activity space is a teacher-prep room where teachers collaborate and plan integrated curricula.
The building acts as a learning tool. ”Time and seasons” is the theme for the design features enriching students’ everyday life. Porthole-shaped window “clocks” with etched “hands” give classrooms their own time of day. Carpet patterns create clocks on the floors in the activity room gathering spaces. The main lobby rotunda forms an abstract sundial, with colored-glass window slots creating colored reflections. Interior and exterior art tiles inspired by student artwork will reflect the months of both the school year and summer vacation.