The Johnson Athletic Center at The Prairie School

Racine, Wisconsin

The fieldhouse addition at The Prairie School provides competition courts, locker rooms, a fitness center, dance studio and indoor running track.

The major challenge was to generate an appropriate addition to the existing Prairie-style building with its variety of unusual building shapes, including shallow, barrel-shed roof forms and gently curving exterior walls. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY2,000COST PER SQ FT$200.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized team also wanted to introduce controlled daylight into the space.

The team took great care to use forms and materials that emulate the existing structure and provide a near seamless expansion. Curved and canted exterior walls and the barrel-vaulted roof are meshed carefully with the existing building. The central barrel vault encloses a lobby connecting the existing gymnasium with the new fieldhouse, and linking to second-floor functions with a dramatic stairway and cantilevered overlook. An upper-floor running track follows the perimeter of the structure. A unique 8-foot ribbon of exterior glass just below the roof structure allows penetration of daylight and provides stunning exterior views at night.