The Santa Fe Indian School High School Living Facility is a synthesis of meaningful ideas, beliefs and spatial experiences. It brings together Pueblo culture, architectural form, educational philosophy and student needs across body, mind and spirit. It relies on Pueblo community values to provide a sense of ownership, uniqueness and quality that reinforces ASSOCIATED FIRMVan H. Gilbert ArchitectsCOST PER SQ FT$120.00FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges self-image of every student.
The residence-hall building consists of separate girls’ and boys’ wings, separated by a centralized administrative area. The buildings are designed in Pueblo Revival style and contain up to three stories in order to achieve the massing and stepping appropriate to the style. The sleeping rooms are arranged into 12- to 18-room components, or pods. The shared administrative portion of the building includes the administrative function, guidance section, a large multipurpose living room and a smaller activity room, each with adjoining kitchen facilities.
Of particular importance to the student population are the “heart” rooms and the individual courtyards for each wing. The “heart” rooms provide a place for reflection and emphasize the importance of Mother Earth (as reflected in the “earth ring” in the center).