The Happy Hollow project is a new 65,000-square-foot school designed to serve 500 students at full capacity. The project takes its inspiration from its namesake, Happy Hollow Farm, which was established 100 years ago by writer William Lighton. At the time, the farm was a model for sustainable, efficient agricultural practices and formed the basis for CAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$161.67FEATURED IN2012 Architectural Portfolio Lighton called "a place of sweet security for our children, and a place of smiling delight for our friends."
The new Happy Hollow Elementary School seeks to embody the character and values of the original farm. The building is broken down into a series of agriculturally inspired forms, all housing spaces designed for 21st-century learning, organized around a large courtyard with its primary view southeast toward the Ozark Mountains.
Sustainability is a key element in the design, and sustainable features are incorporated throughout the project. The primary goal of the project was to create a learning environment that inspires students and connects them to their environment.