This new K-8 school combines two previously separate schools onto one site. Each has a unique administrative program: the Muir School, a traditional classroom setting; and the Santa Monica Alternative School House, an emphasis on fine and performing arts. The approximately 45,000-square-foot school is located on a restrictive two-and-one-half acre buildable site CAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$131.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio to an intramural sports park, creating a campus of individual one-and two-story buildings within a high-density Southern California beach community. Facilities include a fine-arts wing, a performing-arts theater for 350, a library/learning resource center, child-care facilities, classrooms and a common administration building.
Passive solar techniques respond to a favorable environment of bright sunshine, sea breeze, and mild temperatures. Building materials have been selected for environmental responsiveness, ease of maintenance and cost. Building forms are a direct reflection of the surrounding neighborhood context, with attention given to the reduction of mass and scale to fit a large program into a small site. The resulting design provides a distinct identity to a focal point of neighborhood educational, cultural and enrichment activities.
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