Theodore Alexander Jr. Science Center School
   
Aerial View of the Science Center SchoolProject Name: Theodore Alexander Jr. Science Center School
Year: 2004
Owner: LAUSD + SCS
Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Semi-Extensive, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 10000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1.5%
Access: Inaccessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: Kristina Loock

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Principal: Thom Mayne, Morphosis
Architect: Kristina Loock, Morphosis
Principal: Katherine Spitz, Katherine Spitz
Architect: Mario Cipresso, Morphosis
The Bamboo Garden inside the historic building with the skylightSome Bamboo were replanted and are now flourishing!
The Science Center School is a unique joint venture between two Los Angeles institutions: the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the California Science Center. The Science Center provides facilities for teacher education and student extracurricular science education; the School will be a public K through 5 with an emphasis on science education. Together they comprise a hybrid campus of primary education and scholastic research that complements the greater USC ? Exposition Park Museum and Education campus, and establish a community foothold in the heart of South Central LA.
Comprising 40,000 square feet of elementary school program, the North Building burrows and spreads in stealthy maneuvers, as if to safeguard against the pervasive forces of instability. This ?non-building? nests into a depression in the land, its ground level coplanar with the basement of the Armory, and the program essentially tucked and embedded into the park buffering the campus edge along Exposition Boulevard. A serial, iterative strategy was devised for the organization of these classrooms, clustering sets of four around a lab and a teachers? prep room. This simple organizational strategy ensures all students an ease of access and proximity to laboratory facilities and inter-classroom exchange. The classrooms spill out onto small courtyards carved into this landscape, and conjoin with the Armory through a series of bridges.

The Hydrotech/ Zinco "Garden Roof" planted roof on the north building reduces heat load thereby reducing demand on the mechanical systems. The siting of the building below the established grade and with the protection of a large planted berm on Exposition Blvd. protects the lower level of the structure from intense sun exposure.

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