Crystal spring Upland School

Crystal spring Upland School

Architect
Bora Architects
Location
Belmont, CA, USA | View Map
Project Year
2017
Category
Primary Schools

CRYSTAL SPRINGS UPLANDS SCHOOL

Bora Architects as Architects

This independent college preparatory school for grades 6-12 has a culture that revolves around small class size, personal attention, hands-on learning and community service. To further their academic mission, a new middle school was proposed on a dramatic site in Belmont Canyon. Since this site is not physically adjacent to the main campus, one of our core project goals is to unify the student experience across both locations.


Our design team has structured the new middle school as a series of buildings organized along a formal axis, linking outdoor spaces with indoor academic and social functions. The Academic Center is the main structure on campus, housing two floors of classrooms on each side of the Great Hall. Capitalizing on the panoramic views of the canyon and lake below, the Great Hall is the heart of the school, and a place where all students gather and study throughout the day. Flexible classroom space easily transitions between traditional and group teaching configurations, while dedicated social spaces help create a sense of community at each grade level.


Secondary structures include a gymnasium, multi-purpose/cafeteria and a storage building. By deconstructing the campus in this way, our design integrates outdoor space into the everyday life of the students. This consciously fosters an intimacy of scale and a non-institutional feel, tying into the cherished personality of the main campus.


Location

Belmont, CA


Client

Crystal Springs Uplands School


Year

2017


Status

Built


Type

PK-12 Education


Size

48,000sf


Collaborators

Turner Construction

Therma Mechanical

Sprig Electric

Tipping Engineers

Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture

Integral Group

Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Taller General + ERDC Arquitectos craft a classic vaulted brick house on the hills of Auqui
30 Jan 2023 News
Taller General + ERDC Arquitectos craft a classic vaulted brick house on the hills of Auqui

Set atop Auqui hill, bordering the city of Quito, Horno De Pan, designed by Taller General and ERDC... More

Laura Ortin Architecture adds perforated “celosia” as a dynamic element to this apartment in Spain
30 Jan 2023 News
Laura Ortin Architecture adds perforated “celosia” as a dynamic element to this apartment in Spain

Located in Murcia, Spain, Pa(i)saje House by Laura Ortin Architecture is an embodiment of dreams and... More

Studio Antimatter reimagines healthcare delivery through soft, subtle and soothing design elements
29 Jan 2023 News
Studio Antimatter reimagines healthcare delivery through soft, subtle and soothing design elements

Early Medical Centre, designed by Studio Antimatter, rethinks healthcare architecture in Singapore b... More

Foster + Partners complete flexible urban workspace ICÔNE for a post-covid world
29 Jan 2023 News
Foster + Partners complete flexible urban workspace ICÔNE for a post-covid world

In Belval, Luxembourg, Foster + Partners has completed the new office complex ICÔNE. The proje... More

HHF transforms a neglected urban courtyard into a lush apartment complex in Basel
27 Jan 2023 News
HHF transforms a neglected urban courtyard into a lush apartment complex in Basel

In the heart of one of the urban blocks of Basel, lined with residential buildings around its perime... More

Atelier Deshaus translates the topography of Jinshanling into a tranquil stone cloister
26 Jan 2023 News
Atelier Deshaus translates the topography of Jinshanling into a tranquil stone cloister

Tucked away in the valley of Jinshan Mountain in Laowa village, China, the Upper cloister designed b... More

Martin Lejarraga Architecture Office contemporarily refurbishes an apartment building in Spain
26 Jan 2023 News
Martin Lejarraga Architecture Office contemporarily refurbishes an apartment building in Spain

Martin Lejarraga Architecture office completes a contemporary refurbishment of an old 20th-century a... More

Contemporary renovation of a mountain lodge by SBSA maintains vernacular links with the surrounding landscape
26 Jan 2023 News
Contemporary renovation of a mountain lodge by SBSA maintains vernacular links with the surrounding landscape

In northern Italy, Mountain Lodge S. Stefano by Sandri Barbara Smaniotto Andrea Architetti (SBSA) is... More