ARCH 202B: Architectural Design II Gallery: The Materiality of Schools, Sites, and Sheds

Connected “Classrooms”

Educational spaces designed for the instruction of kindergarten aged children must not be defined by the walls which confine them, but rather the connections that allow them to collaborate and explore. The breakage of physical barriers and presence of space united in visibility and circulation allow for an experience that encourages shared views and participation beyond a typical, defined classroom experience. Through one regulated pathway, all instructional and collaborative spaces are connected, offering inclusive and expansive spaces defined by elevation, movement, and materiality within the school. The atmosphere progresses from open and collaborative to multi-layered and individualized as one changes elevation, whether that be upward to a raised classroom, joined by soft and climbable materials, or downward into the sunken learning areas toward the administrative section of the school.