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Transparency and Visibility in Early Learning Spaces

  • 1.  Transparency and Visibility in Early Learning Spaces

    Posted 09-16-2019 20:51
    Hello all,
    We are working on an elementary school with a school district that is looking for good examples of K-2 spaces that have successfully utilized common areas such as hallways for learning, and have incorporated transparency elements such as folding glass walls, etc., at that grade level. Please post any examples that might be useful in this regard.
    Thank you,

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    Saravanan Bala AIA
    Principal
    Orcutt Winslow Partnership
    Phoenix AZ
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  • 2.  RE: Transparency and Visibility in Early Learning Spaces

    Posted 09-17-2019 18:14
    Saravanan,

    Check out the Elon Rhodes Early Learning Center in Harrisonburg, VA.  No folding glass walls, but a good use of hallways for learning and large areas of glazing for transparency and visibility.

    https://www.vmdo.com/harrisonburg-early-learning-center.html

    You might also check out the Buckingham Primary and Elementary School in Buckingham, VA that uses a variety of techniques including translucent curtains to create learning areas outside the traditional classroom.

    https://www.vmdo.com/buckingham-county-primary-and-elementary-schools.html

    Finally, you might check out "the hedge" at Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, VA that uses occupied partial height walls and cubbies to define a learning zone outside of PK - K Kinderhauses

    https://www.vmdo.com/discovery-elementary-school.html

    Hope these are helpful examples.

    Rob

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    Robert Winstead AIA
    Principal
    VMDO Architects, P.C.
    Charlottesville VA
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  • 3.  RE: Transparency and Visibility in Early Learning Spaces

    Posted 09-19-2019 03:13
    Nice work, clever project. Congratulations. Have a look at Lairdsland Primary School, in Glasgow by Walters and Cohen. First of Scotland's reference schools. Similar themes and ideas


    Professor Alan Dunlop
    www.alandunloparchitects.com