Project: The Heights
Location: Arlington, Virginia
Architects: Bjarke Ingels Group (design architect); Leo A Daly (executive architect)
Client: Arlington Public Schools
While public schools may not be known for their forward-thinking designs, The Heights Building in Arlington is the exception. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in connection with Leo A Daly, designed the secondary school with a bold, energetic vision.
The school consists of a stack of five rectangular levels that rotate around the main atrium. Each classroom level has a direct connection to exterior green terraces, creating a sense of openness and opportunities for indoor-outdoor learning that set it apart from traditional school settings.
The glazing systems provided by YKK AP America were integral to providing a high-performance facade. Its enerGfacade YUW 750 TU XT unitized curtain wall system was used to curb the building’s energy appetite in areas where large spans of glass were needed while YKK AP’s high performance YCW 750 SplineTech curtain wall was customized for use in areas where the design was more intricate. The building is currently on track for a LEED Gold rating.
Photos: Laurian Ghinitoiu