Slate School

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Client
Slate School
Type
New Construction
Size
6,925 SF SF
Location
North Haven, CT
Completion
August 2018
Client
Slate School

Type
New Construction

Size
6,925 SF SF

Location
North Haven, CT

Completion
August 2018

Slate School is an independent elementary school in North Haven, CT situated on a 25-acre parcel featuring forest, open meadow lands and organic gardens. This backdrop celebrates nature as a means to observe and play.

The School’s small, single-story buildings minimize site disturbance by occupying the same footprint as the large 1980’s-era single family home complex. An administrative and three active classroom buildings enclose a formal courtyard, hosting outdoor learning, study and organized play activities. Beyond the courtyard, two more classrooms face a series of organic flower gardens, rain gardens, and meadows that create opportunities for imaginative learning and spontaneous play.

All building materials are vetted for durability and non-toxicity. High-efficiency building envelopes and adaptive mechanical systems will keep building operations and maintenance costs to a minimum while enhancing occupant comfort and health. Building design strategies such as solar orientation, natural ventilation, daylighting & circadian lighting will benefit and enhance the learning potential for the students.

Read more:
From Design to Construction: How Slate School Was Built
What Goes Into the Design of a New Elementary School Campus?
How Healthy Schools Support Happy Children
The Best School Designs Connect Kids with Nature
Sustainable design for a new elementary school
Designing a nature-based school
How to Design a Natural Playscape
Helping Young Minds Bloom with an Educational Greenhouse and Gardens

Team
Karin Patriquin, Paolo Campos, Jennifer Shea, Kristin Irwin, Thomas Beech, Max Ballardo, Brian Gonzalez
Photos
Ian Christmann
Team
Karin Patriquin, Paolo Campos, Jennifer Shea, Kristin Irwin, Thomas Beech, Max Ballardo, Brian Gonzalez

Photos
Ian Christmann
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