Enriching the Student Experience
LOC has had a long working relationship with Crossroads School (LOC's Ali Jeevanjee is an alum), beginning with a master plan executed in 2011. Crossroads is unusual in that it does not have a campus that is clearly defined in any traditional sense of the word.
Crossroads is a private school (with numerous celebrity parents and alumni) with an emphasis on the fine and performing arts. This, in conjunction with their industrial roots, made the industrial aesthetic of the existing warehouse something to be celebrated.
This was celebrated by honoring the dramatic open volume of space by inserting the program the school required into this space as a series of distinct volumes, simulating an urban landscape. These volumes are expressed using a lively palette of materials including rotary cut douglas fir plywood and translucent polygal panels. The program included such diverse elements as a gym, jazz classrooms, photography lab & darkroom, a ceramics studio, and graphics classrooms.The spaces in between these volumes were envisioned as a series of streets, open to the roof and the sunlight let in by the solatubes above, linking a series of gathering spaces to enhance the student experience. It is in the space in-between the classrooms where the life of the school truly happens.
Photos: Nico Marques
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