A New Model for Urban Schools

The Northwest School at 401 East Pike

Seattle, WA

Uniting Campus and Program

This new building is a catalyst project for the Northwest School, enriching its urban campus and consolidating programs that were previously distributed across the neighborhood. The variegated façade echoes the signature yellow clapboards of the adjacent historic Summit School building. An overlaid fenestration pattern is inspired by wavelengths to celebrate the school’s art and science focused curriculum.

Learning Happens Everywhere

Specialized spaces are intricately layered to achieve strict performance standards and fit within the tight 100-foot square site, a former surface parking lot. Reflecting the school’s strong “hallway culture,” connector spaces support interdisciplinary learning and student community.

Enriching Place and Planet

Sustainability is integrated throughout, from native plantings to the interactive energy and water performance dashboard, and rooftop solar hot water array. The facility presents a new paradigm for the urban school, one that enriches the neighborhood as well as the development of engaged citizens.

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