Parkrose Middle School

Portland, Oregon

The design is the result of input from key stakeholders, including school administration/staff, students and the community that the school serves. It represents the values of this diverse district, where 23 languages are spoken, and supports a project-based learning environment, where instructors and students learn from one another. The basic building block of the learning ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$238.00FEATURED IN2015 Architectural Portfolio is a studio space configured in the shape of an “L” that is nicknamed “the fat L.” The classroom spaces are closely clustered with the glass enclosed conference rooms and small group learning spaces, creating a collaborative environment that is conducive to multiple learning modalities. Transparency in both design and visibility to the community is the prominent theme. Extensive daylighting contributes to this sense of transparency; more than 90 percent of the spaces in the building are able to be illuminated with natural light. The school’s principal described the project thusly: “It’s about visibility and making what we’re doing transparent to the community and each other.”