Assets School Campus
Our design for a new K-12 campus for Assets School is the result of an intense month-long schematic design competition and represents a collaborative dialogue between the Urban Works team and the teachers, administrators and students of Assets School. It attempts to translate the school’s vision and aspirations for a nurturing and sustainable learning environment for gifted and/or dyslexic students into an understandable reality.
The new campus occurs on a tight 3.5 acre site on which the present school must continue to operate while the new school is constructed in phases. The design strategy is to create distinct educational precincts composed of appropriately scaled, landscaped courtyards enclosed by permeable classrooms. The Lower School includes K-4, 5-6 and 7-8 middle school clusters, while the Upper School is envisioned as a stand-alone 2-story village. The majority of the buildings are placed at the periphery of the site, reserving the interior of the campus for protected open spaces, including a central lawn and play court (site of the future multipurpose building). This arrangement promotes wayfinding, fosters a sense of community, and exposes the buildings to the prevailing trades.
Deep roof overhangs provide protection from sun and wind-driven rain, and provides an intimacy and scale that is appropriate to the Hawaiian climate. Generous jalousie windows and glass sliding doors provide an abundance of daylighting into the interior of the classrooms, decreasing the need for artificial lights.