Were there once was a school-now there is a bridge proposing a new school spanning the remains of an antiquated system to allow for continued understanding and universal access. Both ends of the school are supported and elevated by one to twelve ramps compiling with ADA
standards, allowing access to the handicap and space for some of the existing buildings to remain. These ramps house classrooms and hallways which meet at a plateau that belongs too much of the communal program - cafeteria, computer labs, library & teacher lounge. By bridging this site it has preserved and enabled a new generation of learners. The ramps eliminate the need of stairs and facilitate the special needs of the handicap. The ramps became an integral part of the design and they work functionally on more than one level and they also severed as a metaphoric reminder of the bridge. The bridge between the past
and present and the bridge between teacher and student and the bridge between the able bodied and the disabled. It is this integration that helps to make this move a subtle one rather than careless, obvious handicap ramps. This discretion helps to make those who have trouble with mobility move in easy uncontrived fashion with everyone else. A design that respects, preserves and promotes the past present and the future.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Pacoima, California
My Role: Project Architect