Moon Mountain Elementary School

Phoenix, Arizona

  • FIRM

    DLR Group


    Washington Elementary School District

  • AREA

    73,210 sq.ft.





Moon Mountain Elementary School is a new 108,000-square-foot, two-story K-6 school. Working with administrators, teachers, custodians, parents and students, the following concerns were addressed in the school’s design: identifiable and single point-of-entry; natural light for all classrooms; natural materials to match the surrounding neighborhood; separation of age ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY825COST PER SQ FT$80.22CITATIONElementary School CitationFEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio and public functions from classrooms; easily traversed circulation; media center serves as the school’s core hub; playgrounds zoned for appropriate age groups.

Using these issues as a baseline, the design team developed a spoked floor plan with classroom wings radiating from the media center, which allows for three classroom wings and a public wing. The public wing contains common classrooms, such as the band room, music rooms, art room and multipurpose room. Adjacent to the library are an amphitheater and quiet outdoor teaching zone.

Photographer: ©Mark Boisclair

"Great sense of place...appropriate for surroundings. Good use of color and materials."—1999 jury