The objective was to design a new K-5 school on a confined, L-shaped site in a residential neighborhood. The architect wanted to create a contemporary school that fits the neighborhood, meets the educational needs and serves the community.
The plan is organized into two parts. One is an S-shaped academic wing with a central core for support spaces; the second houses CAPACITY825COST PER SQ FT$133.00FEATURED IN1999 Educational Interiors1999 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas cafetorium, gymnasium, library and administration area.
The academic wing is organized around two courtyards, which provide sun, views and setbacks from neighbors. The exposed structure of the corridor street contrasts with the refined finishes of classrooms, which are paired for team-teaching. The street colors are bright, contrasting and playful. Classroom colors are soft with indirect lighting.
A central plaza with exposed trusses, ductwork and skylights continues the outdoor theme. Glass walls combine acoustical separation with visual openness. This space is for gathering, eating, assembly and performances.
Photographer: ©Peter Vanderwarker
"A breath of fresh air—not a cookie-cutter approach...separation of community functions works well."—1999 jury