Bainbridge High School 200 Building

Mahlum
Firm Contact: 
David Mount
Email: 
dmount@mahlum.com
Phone: 
206 441-4151

The 200 Building embodies the notion that learning is about creating connections; that the civic nature of education can enrich the larger landscape of community. Layered transparency celebrates and enriches learning, while material simplicity becomes a quiet backdrop for the theatrical complexity inherent in social patterns of collective spaces. The building design allows these patterns, the traces of human inhabitation, to become the dynamic form-giving processes that layer and animate the building.

Inside, public and private functions are separated into horizontal strata around a double-height, light filled gallery that links the building vertically and becomes a dynamic forum for collegial interaction.

Ground floor public amenities unfold from this core as the building steps down a terraced slope to the west. The library is located prominently at the end of the gallery and is a beacon to the community. The commons anchors the west end and shares contours with the hillside. Classrooms are elevated to capture balanced daylight and the distant vistas of Seattle, the Cascade and the Olympic mountain ranges. All spaces are designed to foster learning through transparency.

The building enriches and extends the school and island’s shared commitment to education and environmental sensitivity. It is a model for sustainable design and resource management that teaches with each contact; energy usage 30% lower than code minimum, extensive low-impact stormwater strategies, green roof installations visible from upper level classrooms, exposed concrete as thermal mass and natural ventilation throughout engage students and the greater public in learning about sensitive development.

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