This school is innovative in that it architecturally supports a project-based curriculum, using multiple, flexible group activity spaces. The design incorporates color-coded classroom wings that break the student population into smaller groups, provide a sense of identity for students, and act as a navigation tool for visitors.
The school breaks the students into CAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$104.24FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio smaller groups, each clustered around a central open space that incorporates a gathering space, daily access to technology, and space for many different learning activities. The building features a playful water theme, with colors and flooring patterns that flow like the surrounding creek. Water creatures and plant life are etched on each classroom door, providing an additional layer of identity for students. Enlivening the circulation spaces are artwork tiles based on the creek theme that were created by students in the existing school while the new school was being constructed. Outside, students find a scale model of the solar system in the outdoor classroom area.