The new South Side Elementary School is located on an 18-acre, heavily wooded site. The vision of the teaching staff and principal at this building was to build on a theme of nature—to use the assets of the woods and adjacent wetlands to their fullest advantage and to let the building become as indigenous to the woods as possible.
Rustic brick and split-face block CAPACITY650COST PER SQ FT$92.58FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio deeply raked joints are the primary exterior materials. They are complemented with a wood-truss entrance porch and with "aged copper" metal roofing and copings.
The building’s technology also plays heavily into the design. Educational casework within the classrooms provides not only for permanent computer counters, but also for laptop units—a probable instructional technique of the future.
The use of a woods-pattern motif, the repetition of the compass design at important locations in the building, and the careful selection of natural materials and earth-tone colors capture the warm yet earthy appeal of a state park lodge.
Photographer: ©Hummel-Pavese Imaging