THE ZEN SCHOOL
Eagle Rock, CA
Arch384 Studio 4A | 4th Year 1st Studio
Woodbury University | Instructor Scrap Marshall
Collaborated with student Emanuel Velexis Teguh
07 - PROJECT SUSTAINABLE KINDERGARTEN
The idea of this project is to have a school that revolves around garden spaces while having a centralized organization. By exploring different types of arrangements and program adjacency, we have developed a strategy that is able to allow students to circulate around the building while also exploring the exterior spaces. With a challenging site that is located at Eagle Rock, CA, we decided to tackle it due to the unique shape and adjacency the site has given us. Based on our massing studies, we have developed a linear but also centralized organization for the program massing, and we then implement it into our site based on the orientation and size of the lot. Despite the limited sqft of the site, we found that the site has interesting street adjacency where one of the streets is a restricted road and a cul-de-sac towards the end. We then start developing the massing and envelope based on the site analysis, through a variety of tools. By analyzing different site data such as solar orientation and wind flow, we have established the location of each program and massing based on their adjacency. Our vision is to have the massing around the perimeter while creating different pockets of garden and vegetation spaces in between, while achieving that we would also like the sports court and playground at a location that is secure enough. We then start creating different paths of access throughout our design, by utilizing the shape of the site we then created a diagonal walk path crossing from the beginning to the end, so it ties the circulation of the site together. Dealing with site approaches and the inner circulation is also one of our main goals is to design a better circulation throughout and between each building, but by making different adjustments we are able to figure out the perfect harmony between each massing and the relationship of exterior space. Based on our analysis, we then start designing the openings and transparency of each moment, and we have decided to use the storefront facade as our major base. To unify the massing together and merging it into one architecture, we decided to add another layer of facade around and between the buildings. By adding an envelope to our design strategy, we decided to use custom perforated screen systems throughout as our major architecture feature, since we see different benefits such as passive strategies.