Situated in a solid 1950s concrete frame structure, this private elementary/middle school is a hidden beauty. As part of a phased approach to renovating the entire campus, the team was challenged to remodel three of the 50-year-old classrooms.
The team designed the classrooms using the same concept, but gave each a unique identity through carefully orchestrated CAPACITY30COST PER SQ FT$155.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation arrangements, while still providing the same learning opportunities. The new colorful elements are grouped in a clearly defined “zone of learning” that is inserted into the existing, neutrally toned space. The exposed raw concrete ceiling is placed in sharp contrast to colored and refined ceiling and wall panels. This approach also allows for the concrete structure to act as a thermal mass, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night through natural ventilation.
The inherent structural and material qualities of the existing structure are expressed alongside the new installations. By revealing the physics of how a structure is put together and held up, the building itself becomes a three-dimensional teaching tool.