Ardmore Elementary School

Bellevue, Washington

  • FIRM

    NAC Architecture


    Bellevue School District

  • AREA

    70,330 sq.ft.





The project explores surprise and discovery over time in a compact, yet internally transparent and deliberately porous structure. The notion of non-linear learning is embodied in the variety of meandering paths available throughout the building, gradually revealing different spaces, those close and those far away. Transparency pervades the building. It ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$270.00FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers both a design tool used to amplify the interior experiential quality, as well as an "educational transparency" designed to foster easy collaboration and an overall sense of community.

The library is at the heart of the building, serving as a physical and visual hub. It is both a connector and a prime gathering space for large and small student groups, teachers and the larger community. Its openness embodies the teacher’s desired sense of connection. From the small-group area under the bridge to the larger class area next to the lower courtyard, each person can find his or her place here, appropriate for the task and preferred ambience.