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Khabele Elementary Expansion in Austin, Texas by Derrington Building Studio

 
December 12th, 2015 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Derrington Building Studio

In 2013, the Khabele School purchased a 4-acre property with an existing daycare facility to expand their rapidly growing elementary program. In the school’s initial meeting with Derrington Building Studio principal, Tim Derrington, their directive was simple—design the campus as “a village in the forest.” The school’s limited budget and tight schedule, along with the site’s sensitive environmental restrictions, posed unique challenges.

Each teacher arranged their classroom in different ways, and broke each classroom into subzones that could not have been predicted, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Each teacher arranged their classroom in different ways, and broke each classroom into subzones that could not have been predicted, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

  • Architects: Derrington Building Studio
  • Project: Khabele Elementary Expansion
  • Location: Austin, Texas, US
  • Photography: Peter Molick Photography
  • Software used: Vectorworks, SketchUp
  • General Contractor
: American Constructors
  • Civil Engineer
: Thompson Land Engineering
  • Total SF
: 3432
  • MEP Engineer
: EEA Consulting Engineers
  • Year: 2015

Clerestory lights open up the ceiling and lift one’s eyes to the tree canopies and clouds above, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Clerestory lights open up the ceiling and lift one’s eyes to the tree canopies and clouds above, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Derrington Building Studio translated this vision for Khabele’s progressive community into architecture through a crisp play on Central Texas vernacular.  The new building facade unites the campus by incorporating an existing masonry pattern from their prominent existing kindergarten building. Circulation extracted from the interior and brought to the exterior capitalizes on the local climate while minimizing ground cover. This also maximizes the classroom spaces and obliges interaction with the surrounding elements. This open spatial experience and natural material palette creates an inviting learning environment that fosters growth for students’ minds and well-being.

During the opening celebration, one of the teachers mentioned at that she had yet to turn the lights on during school hours., Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

During the opening celebration, one of the teachers mentioned at that she had yet to turn the lights on during school hours., Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

The classrooms are all directly connected with oversized doors to give the teachers the option of expanding the spaces into each other.  When it is time to focus, teachers can close the doors, and isolate each space, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

The classrooms are all directly connected with oversized doors to give the teachers the option of expanding the spaces into each other. When it is time to focus, teachers can close the doors, and isolate each space, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Strong lines of symmetry govern the layout of the classroom spaces, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Strong lines of symmetry govern the layout of the classroom spaces, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

A mid-morning moment at the Khabele Elementary School, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

A mid-morning moment at the Khabele Elementary School, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

The existing building (not pictured) adjacent to this one is a Texas Hill Country-styled former daycare center.  It has a hipped roof and limestone walls.  The intention is for that building to remain an integral part of the campus, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

The existing building (not pictured) adjacent to this one is a Texas Hill Country-styled former daycare center. It has a hipped roof and limestone walls. The intention is for that building to remain an integral part of the campus, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Shadow play with limestone, galvanized outriggers, and the translucent polygal awning, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Shadow play with limestone, galvanized outriggers, and the translucent polygal awning, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

This shot helps to illustrate the shadow play of the awning on the split-face limestone, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

This shot helps to illustrate the shadow play of the awning on the split-face limestone, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Side shot of the courtyard on a sunny afternoon, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Side shot of the courtyard on a sunny afternoon, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

The main circulation path is broad enough to be thought of like an avenue and can accommodate gatherings and spontaneous play., Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

The main circulation path is broad enough to be thought of like an avenue and can accommodate gatherings and spontaneous play., Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

All circulation takes place on the decks outside (this was strategic due to limitations on impervious cover) and also obliges interaction with the elements., Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

All circulation takes place on the decks outside (this was strategic due to limitations on impervious cover) and also obliges interaction with the elements., Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

During early morning and early evening hours, the warm lighting offers a friendly environment for sleepyheads, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

During early morning and early evening hours, the warm lighting offers a friendly environment for sleepyheads, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

The courtyard is warmly lit during evening hours and is nestled by the protective walls of the Mission-inspired facade, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

The courtyard is warmly lit during evening hours and is nestled by the protective walls of the Mission-inspired facade, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

The guiding design vision was that of a village in the forest, therefore maintaining as many trees as possible was a priority.  The layout of the buildings was determined to maximize the saving of existing trees, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

The guiding design vision was that of a village in the forest, therefore maintaining as many trees as possible was a priority. The layout of the buildings was determined to maximize the saving of existing trees, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Image Courtesy © Derrington Building Studio

Image Courtesy © Derrington Building Studio

Image Courtesy © Derrington Building Studio

Image Courtesy © Derrington Building Studio

Image Courtesy © Derrington Building Studio

Image Courtesy © Derrington Building Studio

Image Courtesy © Derrington Building Studio

Image Courtesy © Derrington Building Studio

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