Relationships, respect, rigor, relevance, responsibility. These five core values of Cypress Woods High School apply not only to the school experience, but also to the facility building process.
The plan was developed with the notion of recalling traditional school images. Like many traditional and more formal schools, the classrooms are situated at the front of COST PER SQ FT$103.03FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas building, allowing for a symmetrical massing and regular spacing of the windows.
The ceremonial entry leads visitors directly into a magnificent skylighted mall, or lobby space, flanked on each side by the administration suite. Once past the entrance lobby, visitors walk directly into the center of an 800-foot-long, two-story mall space. The commons is the “heart” of the building. This two-story space is flanked by
food court-type food service as seen in shopping malls. The commons area steps down in tiers to provide a less institutional look, providing a natural stage for group performances and presentations. Directly outside this space is a courtyard and modern amphitheater.
An extremely compact and efficient plan facilitates the educational process. The plan was designed to focus inward for two reasons: first, to downplay and improve a featureless site; second, the plan focuses inside because of Houston’s hot, humid and rainy climate.
Equipped with state-of-the-art music and visual-arts facilities, an 850-seat auditorium, daycare facilities and industrial-technology shops, Cypress Woods High School feels like a modern, innovative, collegiate facility.