The Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is a Knowledge Community of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). We are a large and active group of over 10,000 architects and allied professionals concerned with the quality and design of all types of educational, cultural, and recreational facilities that promote lifelong learning in safe, welcoming and equitable environments. The CAE’s mission is to foster innovative and collaborative design of educational facilities and to heighten public awareness on the importance of learning environments.
A small unusual piece of property with a pedestrian street diagonally bisecting it were two of the design challenges that needed to be overcome. The shape and angle of adjacent streets, coupled with the need to integrate into the urban fabric, necessitated the volumes of the building be studied in their individual parts. Containing a nursery and two primary school programs, areas within the school were designated with urban place names including the Market, Supermarket, Library, Civic Centre, Kindergarten, and “Oldest” Housing. Outdoor play and fitness facilities are integrated into the design to take advantage of solar orientation. Solar radiation is captured where the functional requirements need it, mostly in winter, and the building protects from excessive solar radiation on the summer.
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