Los Angeles, California

Environmental Charter Middle School

West Coast USA
Environmental Charter Schools
Project Size
26,600 Square Feet

Renovation, Charter School, Middle School, STEM

Cuningham Group transformed an existing church, classroom building, and administration building into a charter middle school with a STEM-focused curriculum. The existing administration building was converted to offices and support spaces, while the classroom building was re-configured to house 12 classrooms around a skylit central atrium. The existing church building now serves as  a multi-purpose room, administrative offices, and art spaces to be shared with community members.

A “living environment” theme is carried throughout the school and can be used as a teaching element. The first floor, inspired by the roots of a tree, features warmer tones, while the second floor is colored with cooler tones to emulate leaves sprouting from its limbs. The atrium creates a visual connection between the two floors and promotes a living, active space. The greenhouses and donor vines on the second level carry this theme to the building’s exterior.