This new Pre-K thru 8 school prototype blends elementary and middle school to celebrate the differences and commonalities between age groups and fosters an environment of mentorship and community. The design embodies a collaborative pedagogical model to support cross-curricular and cross-disciplinary instruction. Technology and collaborative space are omnipresent instructionally and manifested physically in the campus design.
The design parti borrows from the notion of a grapevine: the stem nourishing a series of grape leaves which in themselves are micro-communities of cells. The school is laid out along a two-story central circulation concourse running north/south with a full-length mechanical penthouse above. The spine acts as the armature for all building systems including rooftop solar panels. Each ‘grape leaf’ is then designed with flexible classrooms outlining shared workspaces of varying degrees of intimacy dispersed within to provide opportunities for learning in many modes whether small intimate groups, individual study, or large group team-teaching.
The metal panel facade was inspired by the Albuquerque Valley landscape. The effect of gradation from playful greens and yellows of the treelined valley blending to the blues and whites of the sky effectively reduces building scale. The pixelated facade allows for color to be added to the school while tying into the Albuquerque landscape.
Completed:
2015

Location:
Albuquerque, NM

Size:
217,000 SF

Type:
Pre-K - 8th School

Architect:
Jon Anderson, FAIA

Project Manager:
Mark Harvold, AIA

General Contractor:
Bradbury Stamm Construction Inc.

Photographs:
Kirk Gittings

Awards:
2018 AIA New Mexico Design Honor Award
2018 AIA Albuquerque Design Citation Award