In replacing an asbestos-contaminated building, Robbinsdale School District asked that the new Forest Elementary School be innovative, cost-effective and high-performance. Interior design is an integral part of the interdisciplinary approach used to achieve these goals.
Thematic elements, including color and dynamic geometric shapes, were used to organize and ASSOCIATED FIRMKarges-Faulconbridge, Inc.COST PER SQ FT$150.49CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2006 Educational Interiors2006 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas interior spaces. Curved walls and canopy structures identify activity zones. Multi-colored directional floor and wall patterns help young students with wayfinding.
Included in an energy-savings strategy is the abundant use of fenestration to make maximum use of natural light. High-set square windows perforate interior and exterior walls, bringing daylight deep into the interiors. Skylights illuminate the media center and main corridor. Non-porous surfaces such as terrazzo and burnished block help with maintenance efficiency.
At the heart of the centrally situated media center is a sculptural “Tree of Learning” that serves as an icon of the school’s “forest” identity.
“Excellent use of building materials to minimize maintenance costs. A nice way to wed common areas into instructional spaces.”--2006 jury