Trapolin-Peer Architects

Trapolin-Peer Architects

New Orleans, LA


TCA Littlewoods

The James M. Singleton Head Start Center provides much needed support to the low-income children and community of Littlewoods in New Orleans East. The Client, Total Community Action, focused on creating a center to house early childhood education, social services, and services for children with disabilities. The facility has been designed to create a sense of community while respecting the residential scale and fabric.

The north facing classrooms retain a central vision of the surrounding wooded natural environment.  This focused visual connection establishes cleared concentration and inspires creativity. The unobstructed spatial layouts maximize the flexibility of use and functionality for each space.  The remaining support spaces, open conference rooms, and exterior classrooms align the south of the central corridor, creating a sense of entry, acting as a transition for the classrooms.

Indoor play areas have respective exterior classrooms, blurring the bounding enclosure of the buildings’ structure while creating a continuity of the varying learning environments. Each classroom has a glass facade which spills out onto private patios. Stairs split each patio and lead to a generous enclosed playground. Outdoor play courtyards are toothed into the administration and service areas, maximizing exterior fenestrations.

Integrating progressive building systems and sustainable materials throughout the facility provide lower operating costs and improved educational experiences.  Materials were chosen with an environmental conscience and include recycled rain-screen panels and a high albedo roof membrane.  Other exterior materials have been designed to resemble lap siding and wood fencing found throughout the single-family residences in the community.

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Status: Built
Location: New Orleans, LA, US
Firm Role: Architect