The design approach to the new K-12 Delphi Academy took into consideration the site’s steep topography, as well as the client and community desires to exploit the natural beauty and rural character of the site.
In response to the steeply sloping site, the architect chose to position the building on the rear portion of the site (the uphill side), essentially placing CAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$233.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized building on a “pedestal,” with the playfields terracing down the hill toward Foothill Boulevard. The building uses a braced frame structural-steel system, and is clad with a combination of exterior materials and colors to identify with the agricultural vernacular of the Lake View Terrace community. Open-air covered walkways allow a strong connection between structure and nature as experienced by students, teachers and parents.
Taking full advantage of the site’s natural beauty, the school is bordered by a 10-foot-wide equestrian trail that is open to the community. The new Delphi Academy is a focal point for the surrounding neighborhood, which effectively represents the agricultural and equestrian nature of the community.