Griffin Enright Architects

Griffin Enright Architects

Los Angeles, CA


St. Thomas the Apostle School

This K-8 Catholic School in a densely populated part of the city sits on an extremely small site.  The project is designed to achieve the maximum effect with limited resources, working with an economy of means and a cost-effective material palate to turn every constraint into an architectural opportunity. A new pedestrian entry occurs along an over-scaled ramp that rises up to the middle of the site and arrives in a large Urban Porch. This space is a new nexus for the school, providing a new identity within the city and functioning in many ways for the school, including as an outdoor lunchroom and entry. A new playground is stacked over parking, and a new driveway wraps around the perimeter of the site, providing a buffer for the school community and an on-site drop-off in front of the ‘Urban Porch’.

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Status: Built
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Photos by Benny Chan, Fotoworks