MANHATTAN HIGH SCHOOL

MANHATTAN HIGH SCHOOL

Architect
Gould Evans
Location
Manhattan, United States | View Map
Project Year
2012
Category
Secondary Schools
Aaron Dougherty

MANHATTAN HIGH SCHOOL

Gould Evans as Architects

Human inquiry was the primary driver in the reorganization of this high school campus, which had undergone multiple additions to accommodate a growing student population. The Gould Evans’ design team’s research pointed to two primary issues plaguing this growth: a lack of organization, and consequently, a lack of community.


The design solution addresses the issues of organizational clarity and transparency of program by consolidating commons, cafeteria, library and media center into a highly visible academic core, nestled between two light-filled and rejuvenated courtyards. The core serves as a social and connective “living room,” with blurred boundaries between interior/exterior and social/academic programs. Within this core, spaces accessible to the community are distinguished from student spaces with rich material texture. To further support clear wayfinding and circulation, a new building “language” was overlaid upon the campus at a multitude of scales. In some cases this language is literal, as in the braille signage; in some cases material, as in the graphic patterns embedded in the long runs of lockers or exterior building panels that transition tonally across the facade; and in some cases conceptual, as in the dappled light that filters through the exterior scrim.

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