School Buildings

LAUSD High School
Downtown Los Angeles’s second new LAUSD high school has seen some significant construction progress recently.
All major structures on the site of the new
Central LA High School #9 appear to be in place. Main building frontage on Grand Avenue is up, windows are being installed, and a dark gray metallic “skin” has been applied to the building.
The school is also known as the High School for the Visual and Performing Arts. According to the most recent
monthly construction update provided by LAUSD, the Coop Himmelb(l)au-designed high school is 58% complete. Construction for the high school is on schedule and budgeted at $208 million.
Orestad College (high school)
Orestad College (high school) opened this year just south of central Copenhagen in the development area of Orestad. The superstructure of the building is formed by four boomerang-shaped platforms that rotate over four floors and remain open to one another allowing for a seamless interconnection of space throughout the school. This open, high central hall, known as the X-zone, is linked by a stairway that helps promote interdisciplinary communication and cooperation among the various teaching and study spaces.
A Modern Greek Architect, part II - The Circular School
The second most famous work of Takis Zenetos in Greece is this secondary school building in Agios Dimitrios, in Athens. It was built between 1970 - 1976, which means that it had to overcome the military junta conservatism.

This building constitutes an experimental but utopian creation . The users' (Greek Ministry of Education) failure to take advantage of the building's potential (using it as if it was the typical box school building so commonly found throughout Greece), has made it a symbol of the chasm between the reality of the large state school buildings in Greece and the better future for them envisioned by the architect when he designed it.Zenetos's building houses a junior high school for 1500 pupils in an innovative circular structure. It has three floors. The plan of each floor includes three standardised modules of 160 pupils each, with four classrooms per module. All of them could be converted into a single huge hall. These modules were placed around a central core where audio-visual aids would be situated. Directly in contact with the core were the teacher's facilities.
Harvard GSD
Completed in 1969, Gund was designed by John Andrews to house the design school's three departments. It's comprised of four trays which step back to create one contiguous studio space underneath a large glass roof spanning 134 feet over four levels. While it may look nice in pictures, rumor has it that this leaves the studio hot in spring and freezing in winter. As an added bonus, it leaks. To get a better idea of what the studio looks like, check out this QTVR (quicktime required) from the 1st tray.
Robbins Elementary School
The design for an extension to the Robbins Elementary School addresses not just the functional demands of the brief but also its interaction with its neighborhood, thus further weaving the school into its immediate context.
The project articulates itself around the existing historic school building as it extends towards a new green space positioned on the southern edge of the proposed site.
This space is seen as an outdoor resource for the school as well a potential fragment within a system of small parks in the neighborhood.
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