Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School

Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School is located in an older residential neighborhood where many students can walk to school. At 13 acres, the site is modest and long, which resulted in a "linear village" of 5 connected sections, each with a distinctive spatial "break" and orientation to the street. Each of the five sections has a distinct use, yet harmonizes with the whole through shared material and color combinations. The building runs from east to west, so all classrooms and major spaces receive natural daylighting from either north or south, and views to the neighborhood are emphasized.

The entire school is heated and air conditioned by a closed-loop geothermal system with an expected 8-year payback.

Particular attention was paid to the design of the classrooms, where every room has access to a shared tutorial small group room. Classroom storage was maximized with tall shelving units, counters, and locked cabinet wardrobes. Architectural elements from the old Art Deco high school that had stood on the site were salvaged and reused in the new building.

Photo Credit: © Sandy Agrafiotis