The Young Women’s Preparatory Academy transforms vacant urban real estate into a state-of-the-art, high-tech educational facility. This 36,000-square-foot, 1950s-vintage Miami office building was converted into a unique facility that serves girls in grades 6 to 12 in a single-sex educational setting.
The design team preserved the Bauhaus influence of the original COST PER SQ FT$138.89FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation elevation. Exterior additions, including stairs, elevators and an upgraded entrance, serve as enhancements, adding graphic color and simple, strong form, faithful to the modernist roots of the original 1950s architecture.
In stark contrast, the school’s interior design is all 21st century, incorporating the latest technology and cutting-edge educational concepts such as dynamic, multiuse areas and open public spaces inside the core. All three floors were gutted. Circulation paths double as exhibition space. Casual seating areas, such as the cyber lounge, are designed to encourage chance encounters and conversations among students and teachers who share the space in a decidedly untraditional manner.
With a budget of just $5 million and a demanding, eight-month timeframe for design and construction, the architect was encouraged to experiment in the design of the educational environment. This resulted in a unique facility designed to maximize the educational experience for the young women attending this school.