K.D. Markley Elementary School

Malvern, Pennsylvania

This 87,000-square-foot elementary school, designed to accommodate 750 students, was organized to function as a learning village. Three village districts, or classroom wings, are in the building and can be reached by a main street through the facility. Each wing has 10 classrooms that house two grade levels with direct access to play and activity space.

The wings ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY750COST PER SQ FT$176.55FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio a common team space that can be used for large-group instruction and group interaction, as well as a teachers’ work center for sharing instructional methods and assignments. At the heart of the school are the arts and science classrooms, media center, cafeteria, gymnasium and the administration offices. A separate arts wing houses a large, subdividable music classroom with adjacent practice rooms. Directly across the hall is a multipurpose room with stage for school performances and community activities.

The design team wanted the project to invoke a sense of community and foster creative learning. The exterior form was rendered in brick and siding to give the feel of a small village community with friendly-scale massing and a variety of forms.