Pin Oak Middle School is adjacent to one of the most heavily traveled freeways in Houston in an extremely visible, busy part of town. The district wanted the school to have a unique character so that it would stand out among the many buildings.
The building’s curved wall facade creates a “stage curtain,” turning heads by creating a sense COST PER SQ FT$97.42FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas drama. Because of 360-degree visibility, the school had to be aesthetically sound on all four sides.
Inside and out, the building showcases the creative use of a wide variety of materials and finishes. The project’s common areas incorporate colored masonry, glazed brick, burnished block, colored glass, terrazzo, cement plaster, ceramic tile and pre-finished metal. The central classroom wing “main street” showcases attractive, solar-shaded skylights and colored glass to permit natural light.
The spacious commons/cafeteria area offers a raised lecture platform and a very attractive after-hours venue for community meetings and student activities. The “competition corridor” consists of floor-to-ceiling curtainwall windows to permit natural light, and the multipurpose practice gym offers a stage for meetings, presentations and performances.