High-Rise Education May23

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High-Rise Education

The High-Rise Elementary School Studio, taught by Joel Loveland for several years, emphasizes sustainable design and meeting the 2030 Challenge. For the past eight weeks we have been incorporating these elements into an 80,000 square foot K-5 traditional school program. We were given the option of working on one of two sites located in South Lake Union and Belltown, both adjacent to Denny Way.

Student concept models

Student concept model

Student concept model

Towards the beginning of the quarter it was announced that the City of Seattle has acknowledged a need for a school in Northern downtown. The Seattle Public School’s construction levy has plans to open a 500 student elementary school in the South Lake Union area by 2019; giving our studio projects a glimpse of realism. At mid-review we presented to representatives from the Downtown Seattle Association.

Students presenting at mid-review

The studio is actively involved with the IDL, utilizing the space for reviews and daylighting studies. Last week was ‘Daylighting Week’ and each of us trekked down the Burke-Gilman trail with our 3/8” models to test our designs in the heliodon and mirror-box simulator.

Testing out a daylighting model in the mirror-box simulator

Additional support to the studio has come from Aaron Helmers, Rob Pena and Susan Olmstead, who have donated their time to desk crits and lectures on structure, HVAC, daylighting and landscape design.

Student concept rendering

Written by Laura Poulin, MArch Candidate 2012.

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