Ardmore Elementary School

Photo by Benjamin Benschneider
Small gathering spaces can be found at Ardmore Elementary.

Location: Bellevue
Architect: NAC|Architecture
Agency/owner: Bellevue School District
General contractor: Cornerstone GCI

The project explores surprise and discovery over time in a compact yet internally transparent and deliberately porous structure.

The notion of non-linear learning is embodied in the variety of meandering paths throughout the building, gradually revealing different spaces, both close and far away.

Transparency pervades the building. It is both a design tool used to amplify the interior experiential quality, as well as an “educational transparency,” designed to foster easy collaboration and an overall sense of community.

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