There are many considerations when site planning for schools. Forming useful outdoor spaces, especially in a southern climate when the outdoors can be used most of the year, is important.
Students spend much of their time moving between classes. The spaces they move through are important for social interaction and can be developed as lounges, spaces for events and informal educational spaces.
The new south facing building frames a central courtyard space. This courtyard is a vibrant common space that the students move through between classes. The space also functions for recreation, informal classes and school events. We placed the central stair to the 2nd floor classrooms on the exterior next to the courtyard space so that it would interact with the space. It’s also used as an informal podium onto the courtyard.