The DLR Group Marysville Getchell High School provides an appealing approach to a fairly new “learning community” notion. An inventive and modern design is created by a building collection in the center of an internal square with learning spaces that are interrelated.
Implemented by the school district, the “learning community” idea was a major aspect in the development of schematic design. There are five steering principles of the new programs which are resulted from the new educational programs; Focused Learning, the Center Relationship, Goal and Identity, Accountability and Society. Four programs that are designed in a separate way are represented by the four educational buildings: Bio-Medical Academy, Global Connections, Entrepreneur School and International School of Communication. The four separated buildings are located surrounding a central Community Commons where it is the place for joint activities like café, kitchen and server, P.E., and sustain spaces.
Despite the similar designs of the four buildings, a supporting environment is created by the dispersion of learning spaces and the open storey plan. The interior wall with a movable design offers you adaptive utilization over time.
With a wooded background at the opposite side, the Marysville Getchell High School mixes together contemporary and natural constituents in a harmony with the environment. Having a forest with second generation trees and wetlands at the surrounding, the buildings are a sight to see yet remains connected with natural environment.
There is an inviting play between void and solid created by volumes that are intersected. The volumes also make intuitive relation between exterior and interior. The solid/void carries r through from the outside, administrative and classroom workplaces are articulated in a clear way, the program changes together with materiality.
The more involvement of the students is made possible by the independence in a whole which is suits well into the campus layout and the spaces interaction. The landscape is utilized in a constant way as an element of the original and experimental education experience.
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