Environmental Charter School

Jan - May 2018 | Studio: Integration II

To design a middle school for the Environmental Charter School on a potential site for their campus expansion to revitalise the Homewood South neighbourhood in Pittsburgh.

To bring back liveliness, movement and excitement into Homewood South, the circulation along the staircase is strongly articulated on the main facade. The large atrium space on the north integrates wood and steel structural members to bring a sense of warmth and houses a monumental stair that allows for the interaction amongst students and faculty. The wide hallways are designed to be a flexible learning or gathering space to encourage a new style of learning/teaching. The atrium can be naturally ventilated through the openings in the cascaded roofs. The south-facing classrooms are stacked and cascaded to allow for a long balcony space that also functions as a sun-shading device.

 
Model | Showing the changes in transparency and the articulation of circulation along the north facade

Model | Showing the changes in transparency and the articulation of circulation along the north facade

 

Sectional Perspective | Classrooms along the south facade, circulation and atrium along the north facade and collaboration spill out space in between the hallway space, which visibly merges the steel and timber construction

Details | Construction details of joints and anchor points

 

SPAIGR | Wall detail of the exterior wall along the classrooms

Elevation | Depicting materials of metal panels, transparency and timber

Elevation | Depicting materials of metal panels, transparency and timber

 
Model | North facade

Model | North facade

Model | South facacde

Model | South facacde