This facility is much more than a container which houses students and desks. The building serves as an incubator which actually enhances learning and reflects the philosophy of the educators. This is achieved on several levels. The building is sited to take advantage of its proximity to nature. Besides a visual connection, teachers can open a door from any classroom and lead their students directly to nearby fields, woods, and streams to learn about nature first hand.
The orientation of the building, combined with strategic placement of the walls and openings within, result in stimulating naturally lit learning environments. One enters the school building through a foyer flanked by administrative spaces, which opens into a grand room known as the Piazza.
Indeed this is the hub of the school. It is the library, the music recital hall, as well as the assembly space for the school. From this hub the elementary wing is extended to the east and the middle school wing to the west. Both wings contain classrooms, restrooms, and an atelier.
Extruded to the north is the Preschool wing. This wing has its own pick-up area and controlled entrance as well as an observation loft which can be utilized by both parents and teachers. In addition to the ultimate amenity of nature, the campus also includes a gymnasium, a soccer field, and a fenced playground. All parts of the campus are integrated to enhance the student’s learning experience.