Opening photo: ©Vanderwerf Photography
Sitting on the edge of a city park and adjacent to a river dike, this geometrically intense design gives immediate indication of its youth-oriented function. The center corridor separates enhancement classrooms (also available for community use) from academic ones. This curving spine allows the building to adapt to its CAPACITY450COST PER SQ FT$90.48FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio site and to provide a congregating “street” to access all functions.
The plan is based on three academic houses centered on a shared-resource area. Restrooms, lockers and resource rooms are contained within each wing. The various functions on the other side of the main corridor allow these spaces to provide varying views and private outdoor play areas.
The culmination of the pedestrian street is the commons area, which is used as a cafeteria, meeting room and stage when the folding wall between it and the gym is reconfigured.
The school is designed for 450 students. It has a pre-kindergarten class, four sections of kindergarten through second grade, and three sections of third through fifth grades.