St. Marys Middle School in Camden County, Ga., incorporates its minimalist inspiration with details and landscaping archetypal to this community. The exterior facade of the school, which is situated on a major highway, seamlessly integrates two predominant design features. The brick and glass piano curve on one side, and massive stone and glazed walls positioned CAPACITY1,220COST PER SQ FT$108.12FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio 90-degree angles on the other, create a complex and multidimensional visual experience.
The dramatic interior drum in the commons is accentuated with concrete columns framing the vast skylight situated in the heart of the school’s core. Upon entering the vestibule, the eye is teased with glimpses of the lobby and administrative area. The media center and tiered cafetorium are highlighted with an abundance of natural light produced by floor-to-ceiling glass walls.
The carefully constructed landscaping plan, fashioned from indigenous plants and materials, such as palm trees and oyster shell beds, provides the link between modern design in a traditional coastal environment.