K-12 Cleveland School

CLEVELAND, STATE OF OHIO, USA | 93,500 SFT

It is widely acknowledged that the provision of and investments in educational infrastructure yield sustainable economic development of any urban region. It is, therefore, imperative that the schools and educational facilities are capable of meeting modern day educational requirements and are result-oriented in terms of physical, curricular, and functional aspects. The CSD K-12 School design brings about a paradigm shift into the way education facilities are organized by integrating the facilities with the urban core. Spaces in this school building are allocated to connect as a extension of the Site's surrounding outdoor spaces. In accordance to the prevalent Site conditions, the form of the CSD K-12 School weaves and connects together the building, street, and landscape and create efficient accessibility and use of its spaces.

CSD K-12 School realizes that educational infrastructures need to be optimally efficient and efficacious in educating the current (and future) generations of students, and be equipped to meet the challenging demands of the 21st Century. This proposal seeks to address this dire need and proposes alternatives in terms of better design, sustainable operation and optimal functioning of a school where learning, collaboration and innovation are encouraged. The design integrates the academic and non-academic spaces by weaving program through the site, interlacing landscaped spaces with the learning areas, and concurrently aligning itself in accordance to axis of the surrounding and adjacent avenues. Each academic and non-academic spaces are coupled with open areas and access to natural light. The design also creates spaces that are conducive to learning. It is a conscious intention to bring the external spatial qualities inside and organizing learning spaces that open out to nature. Resultantly, learning spaces and classrooms that could have faced the existing concrete paved areas are now not only perforated with landscape, but these series of landscape areas serve as outdoor classrooms. The upper roofscape is similarly is a hybrid between the built structure and the landscape. Similar to how the program intertwines with learning spaces, the landscaped roof is an extension of the green spaces where students can learn and play. The landscaped areas bring about the positive aura to the inner spaces through natural light and fresh air, and their form conceived about through the student and programmatic flow in the CSD K-12 School.

Each grade level is allocated with its own distinct location within the design. The design further contains spaces where students learn not just in the classrooms, but throughout all spaces. The design integrates respective grade-level requirements with efficient circulation and building technology, and thus conduciveness of spaces meant for learning transcend beyond the conventionality of a typical classroom. The School's spaces are designed to cater to special academic curriculum requirements. The design provides teachers and students with enough flexibility to be able to re-arrange internal areas for different purposes. For instance, most internal spaces can be converted such that they become larger shared rooms, accomodating additional workspaces and materials to encourage peer collaboration and allowing architecture to play a greater role in the educational process.

Likewise, other innovative and inclusive approaches to design within the CSD K-12 School allow for collaboration not only between school administrators and student participants, but also promote integration of academic programs, and fusion of building technology, organization and landscape.