PS1 Pluralistic School

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Site constraints like the dividing alley were parlayed into assets like the bridge, which has become a favorite playspace for students.

The architecture of the school promotes sustainability, curiosity, and implicit learning. Roofs delineated by exposed open web joists, for example, allow students to trace how a column holds up a beam and a beam a roof.

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Each classroom also has adjacent outdoor space to meaningfully reinforce the value of the outdoor environment.

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STATUS
Masterplan 1984, Completed 1999

LOCATION
Santa Monica, California

CLIENT
PS#1 Elementary School

PROGRAM
18,400 SF Primary School

AWARDS + RECOGNITION
2000  AIA California Council Honor Award
1999  AIA Los Angeles Merit Award
1999  City of Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Award


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