Nibley Park Elementary School

Salt Lake City, Utah

  • FIRM

    VCBO Architecture


    Salt Lake City School District

  • AREA

    68,125 sq.ft.





Nibley Park Elementary School was designed as a visual symbol of learning for the community, utilizing giant shapes such as a circle, square and triangle. Colors from the spectrum enhance both the actual and the symbolic aspects of the educational process.

The key element of the design is the arrangement of classrooms into four academic learning centers, each ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$95.11CITATIONElementary School CitationFEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio an engaging central activity space. This space provides a flexible and visible environment for student group collaboration, including daily access to computers. Students participate throughout the day in group projects and presentations and meet with adult tutors, while adults can meet together or with students for varied activities in these spaces. Adjacent to each activity space is a prep room/office where teachers can meet and plan integrated curricula. The solution provides a flexible, convenient and easily supervised space.

The four academic centers are identified by a primary shape and color: circle, triangle, square and pentagon in red, yellow, blue and green. These shapes and colors provide a recognizable element for students to identify “their” learning center.

Built on an existing site, this facility is in a neighborhood where houses range in era from the 1920s to the 1990s. Because there is no consistent architectural context, the design committee focuses on appealing to the aesthetics of the children attending the school.

"Open and inviting. The variety in all aspects creates a school that excites the senses. What child wouldn`t want to enter?"--2004 jury