Hanscom Primary School

Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts




Department of Defense Education Activity


80,000 sq.ft.

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The new Hanscom Primary School is a model of the U.S. Department of Defense Educational Activities (DoDEA) effort to create a new standard of creative teaching and learning environments for children and families on U.S. military bases throughout the world. The basis of this program, “21st Century Learning,” promotes the development of learning skills—critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, collaboration, communication, citizenship, and social responsibility—through integrated team teaching and project-based learning.

Our team sought to reflect this approach throughout the building design with spaces that promote both one-on-one teaching and group teaching. All the spaces, from the smaller “studio” learning spaces to larger common areas, are visually and physically connected to instill the sense of a learning community. Additionally, each learning studio is connected to its own natural ecosystems within a few feet of the interior, creating opportunities for outdoor learning.

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