This was a renovation of an existing 5,000 sf warehouse to accommodate new humanities seminar rooms, teacher offices, and private work areas for Crossroads School, as seen here from campus.
This project uses high ceilings and a carefully articulated 'locker wall' to create a dynamic experience within a double-loaded corridor containing student lockers, a configuration that is typical of educational facilities.
The existing condition.
The insertion of the articulated locker wall defines circulation.
The insertion of walls defining classrooms, offices, work spaces and restrooms.
The removal of the wall defining one classroom creates an open lounge space while maintaining the ability to create a future classroom. This lounge space allows the public, social space of the campus to penetrate and activate the building.
The introduction of tubular daylighting devices allows all of the classrooms and offices to operate without artificial light on bright days. Daylight has been proven to improve educational outcomes.
The design of a garden, Ray Charles Park, at the front of the building completes the integration of the project into the social fabric of the campus.
The project capitalizes on the industrial character of the existing structure while transforming the interior into a new, state-of-the-art educational facility.
The lounge space becomes a gathering space for the students.
The classrooms are provided with high ceilings, sophisticated audio visual infrastructure and the ability to be fully illuminated via daylight to create optimal learning environments.
A ceiling detail highlights the impact of the tubular daylighting devices.
A view of Ray Charles Park, an informal landscape designed in collaboration with students, that provides many opportunities for seating and gathering.
Ray Charles Park, looking back towards the campus