Cherry Crest Elementary School

Bellevue, Washington

  • FIRM

    NAC Architecture


    Bellevue School District

  • AREA

    2,715 sq.ft.





The Learning Stairs and lobby comprise the social, educational and communal heart of the school. Welcoming students, parents and community, these spaces visually tie the school entry and library to the courtyards and roof plaza and effectively weave the site through the building. The Learning Stairs see regular use as a platform for student presentations and by the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$255.75CITATIONCrow Island School CitationFEATURED IN2015 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas club. They provide an accommodating meeting space for parents before and after school as well as for groups of visitors and occasional musical performances. The lobby also is used for parent-sponsored events tied to the curriculum. The quiet corner benches are always busy, not only during school hours but also after hours when the building remains quite active.

Terrazzo in the lobby carries the color and pattern of the entry and interior courtyard paving through the building. The Learning Stairs are detailed in precast concrete with wood seating inserts, and the wall of the library is clad in exterior metal siding, which continues the school’s theme of weaving together the building and site interior and exterior.