9, Wildwood Elementary School
School inhabits an aggregation of nine separate buildings; the newest,
Building 9, hovers over the edge of the parking lot. The site strategy
preserves the existing buildings, saves as much positive outdoor open
space as possible, and allowed construction to occur without disrupting
the functioning of the campus. Building 9 adds, but does not erase, reconstructing
three existing handball courts that had been a favorite play area as shear
walls for the new building. The new construction both complements the
aggregation and provides a frame to complete the campus.
finishes are collaged from a palette borrowed from both on and off site.
The classroom floor is supported over the parking lot on blue steel columns
protected with intumescent paint. Board-form concrete walls and stairs
on the ground contrast with corrugated sheet metal sheathing and smooth,
yellow-green cement above. Open web truss-joists and OSB sheathing are
sealed in their natural state on the interior, metal railings, frames,
and beams are of galvanized steel, and windows and doors are low maintenance
aluminum. Structural tongue and groove exterior decking is both structure
and ceiling over the second floor walkways and the entry/stair canopy.
LA/AIA Design Citation, 2003