Set within wetlands, the new Kamiak High School addition becomes an event as designers celebrate nature inside and out. A path from campus becomes a trek, a boulder becomes a bench, a park setting becomes a backdrop for education. This relationship is expressed as the “nature’s edge.”
Backtracking down the walkway, students find themselves at the main COST PER SQ FT$242.42CITATIONHigh School CitationFEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio entrance, where nature intersects with the manmade. Natural light, dramatic height, pattern and surrounding beauty blur the lines between exterior and interior inside the entry court. This glass-enclosed entry allows a transition from exterior into functional space without intruding on nature.
The addition includes 11 classrooms, three science rooms, a multipurpose room and an administration/reception area. The addition can function as a self-sufficient campus or as an addition to the existing high school. Its modulated form makes future expansion simple. Science rooms on the ground floor have direct access to nature’s edge, while all classrooms are designed to use the outdoor plazas.
"Dramatic use of environmental elements in concert with compact and efficient design."—2000 Architectural Portfolio jury
Photographer: ©Chris Roberts