The design of Gloria Marshall Elementary School grew from the use of materials that relate to the Earth; the desire to create a building engaging for children; and through clean, simple lines that define the form of the school.
Although this school is a model for sustainability and efficiency, the most important aspect of the COST PER SQ FT$173.40CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas new features is that they not only shaped the design of the school, but also act as teaching tools for students.
A courtyard situated in front of the building provides a space for students to congregate as well as learn from the eco-pond, science garden, water trough and cistern that comprise the area. Lumber harvested from trees on site was repurposed within the school, including a "treehouse" that sits above the library. The tactile features of this space are aesthetically interesting and appealing to children.
Various other opportunities for learning are scattered throughout the school, consistently reiterating that this is indeed a building for students to interact with, not simply attend. Communal centralized areas retain an openness found throughout the school, giving students a variety of spaces to feel interconnected and experience the transparency within the building.
"Fun, simple, elegant, playful. The design provides opportunities for informal settings, such as the long bench by the window overlooking the outdoors."--2012 jury