Culver City, CA
BAA is designing two new charter schools for construction on a tight, urban lot. The middle school will serve 450 students and will open in June 2013, after permitting by the County of Los Angeles. The high school, which must be approved by DSA, will serve 600 students and open in September 2014.
When designing the First Street Campus, the focus was on impacting the quality of life through invigorating and revitalizing a vital core in this community. The site was home to First Street Store, a department store that once played an important role on this street but has sat vacant for several years.
The facade of the building will address a commercial, pedestrian-oriented street, with a residential area at the rear. The signature piece of the project is the multi-purpose room, which is shared by both schools. Its north facade features large folding doors allowing student and community events to spill into the courtyard.
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
My Role: Architect