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Limestone blocks housing classrooms, a gymnasium, and office spaces anchor the building to the site, softened by prairie-grass berms. A copper roof shelters the two-story part of the structure, while a green grid of prairie grass covers the lower masses of the building. The school's classrooms are arranged into groups, each centered around an open gathering space. As students progress through the grades, they move from the "burrowed" classrooms to classrooms farther from the core, ending in the middle school space under the copper roof.
Spaces tailored to the cultural curriculum include a circular spiritual center, indoor gardens that represent the tribal regions of the United States, and a teaching kitchen and elder's lounge to encourage interaction between students and visiting tribal elders. Culturally significant copper, stone, and hardwoods were used throughout the project.
Created with executive architect Eppstein Uhen Architects, the fully accessible building also houses community center functions, corporate offices, and outdoor gathering and sports facilities.
Camino Nuevo High School is a 500-student charter school near downtown Los Angeles, in the multicultural Silver Lake district. Daly Genik Architects designed the 30,000-square-foot (2,800-square-meter) school to function as a protective haven without being isolated from the neighborhood.
Located on a long, narrow site between busy streets, in the shadow of the Hollywood Freeway, the school consists of a pair of two-story structures that meet at one end of the site: a long, winding classroom building that buffers the social spaces from Silverlake Boulevard, and a shorter building containing administrative offices and media rooms, anchoring the primary pedestrian entrance. The street edges of both buildings are clad in perforated corrugated metal to dampen sound and provide solar control.
The two buildings define a courtyard that serves as a hub, providing space for all-school meetings and large-scale art projects. Single-loading of the main classroom building facilitates daylighting from two sides and also provides direct visual connections between the classrooms and the courtyard.
San Diego Sustainable
At the Francis Parker School in San Diego, California, a private middle and high school, Lake Flato Architects created new buildings to replace and improve upon existing structures. Their concept has yielded a perforated site, recapturing views and reducing building footprints.
The revamped campus is centered on vibrant, landscaped exterior spaces, bounded by modern structures that combine warm wood facades with tilt-up concrete panels in the spirit of architects Rudolph Schindler and Irving Gill. All classrooms are naturally ventilated and daylit, and have pocketing glass doors to provide a direct connection to the outdoors.
High-performance envelopes and environmental systems help the structures outperform California's Title 24 standards by 33 percent, as well as significantly reducing operating costs. The sustainable strategies include lightshelves and thin building footprints to facilitate daylighting, and thermal mass, exterior circulation, and deep overhangs to help reduce the need for mechanical heating and cooling. Materials include concrete with high fly-ash content and recycled glass, and sustainably forested hardwood for the facades.
In Toronto, Canada, the Jarvis Street campus of the National Ballet School weaves new contemporary architecture around historic structures. Designed by a joint venture of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects and Goldsmith Borgal & Company Architects, the campus combines dance training studios with academic and residential functions.
The Celia Franca Training Centre comprises a vertical campus of three transparent structures arranged in an asymmetrical U around the 1856 Northfield House. A three-story bar building containing the bulk of the program is set to foreground the heritage residence.
The largely transparent training center is organized as a series of stacked horizontal platforms, with custom-designed two-story-high studios that evoke the scale of a performance stage. The design integrates an active public realm of generous corridors, lounges, and stairwells, as well as a "town square" between the Northfield House and the training center. The campus also incorporates a circa-1900 school building.
Daylighting and views are in ample supply through the floor-to-ceiling glazing of the training center, which also animates the streetscape with the movement of dancers inside. The building was designed to exceed the requirements of ASHRAE, with daylight sensors and air handling unit zoning to help minimize resource use.
The project previously received a 2007 national AIA Honor Award.
Dorms at Cornell
When Cornell sought to implement the West Campus Residential Initiative on its Ithaca, New York, campus, the university enlisted KieranTimberlake to designed a fleet of new undergraduate dormitories conceptually similar to the residential colleges at Oxford and Cambridge, with living quarters for faculty, staff, and graduate students.
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