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Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, California by EHDD

 
May 3rd, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: EHDD

Marin Country Day School’s Strategic Plan aspires to make ecological literacy an integral part of its curriculum, and to reinforce the students’ sense of connection with nature on their very special site. Throughout the design process we worked to develop synergies between the physical campus and the school’s educational program that would allow students to creatively tackle real, local issues using all the tools at their disposal. The students participated in the design process, researched options, documented the construction, monitored results, and taught their parents about the buildings once they were complete.

Image Courtesy © Michael David Rose 

  • Architects: EHDD
  • Project: Marin Country Day School Learning Resource Center and Courtyard
  • Location: Corte Madera, California, USA
  • Photography: Josh Partee, Cesar Rubio & Michael David Rose
  • Project Owner: Marin Country Day School
  • Project Completion Date: March, 2010
  • Project Site: Previously Developed Land
  • Project Type: Education – K-12 School
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 33,740 square feet
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $12,520,279.00

Image Courtesy © Josh Partee 

To connect students to the site, the design was also conceived around the outdoor spaces as much as around the buildings themselves. The various program elements are wrapped around the “Step-Up Courtyard,” the emotional heart of the campus where graduation takes place, and which links the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools together.

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The design strengthens the indoor-outdoor connection using narrow buildings footprints with ample shaded glazing, transparency and views. The project includes a new library and technology center, art studios, classrooms and student services offices in 23,094 square feet of new buildings and 10,646 square feet of renovations. Site work included creek restoration, a new playground and the courtyard.

Image Courtesy © Josh Partee

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Image Courtesy © Cesar Rubio

Image Courtesy © Cesar Rubio

Image Courtesy © Cesar Rubio

Image courtesy EHDD & Michael David Rose

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Image Courtesy © Josh Partee

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