Plaza Vista Elementary School

Irvine, California


    Irvine Unified School District

  • AREA

    58,000 sq.ft.





A colonnade and angled wall mark the public entrance of this K-8 school and guide visitors to the multipurpose room. Reception, administration and the open media center are placed at the center of the school along the colonnade and separate the upper- and lower-grade wings.

The classrooms are organized along a central skylighted hallway that connects each grade level ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY840COST PER SQ FT$131.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio a glass-walled student work area equipped with computers. Generous glazing allows natural light to penetrate into the building, while providing easy supervision of the student work areas from each classroom. Classrooms contain special learning walls that provide generous storage space for teaching materials.

The multipurpose facility has been separated from the rest of the school for after-hours flexibility and community use, and can be divided by a soundproof partition to accommodate smaller groups. A wall of sliding-glass panels allows the multipurpose facility to open to the outdoors, where patio seating is available. A raised performance stage accommodates both indoor and outdoor performances.