Mount Si High School / NAC

Curated by Paula Pintos
HIGH SCHOOL • SNOQUALMIE, UNITED STATES
Architects : NAC
Area : 360000 m²
Year : 2019
Photographs : Benjamin Benschneider
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Textual content description offered by the architects. Elevated Campus. Mount Si’s campus is elevated in each sense of the phrase: educationally, experientially, and actually. The campus nests in a valley outlined by two mountains and the Snoqualmie River, which creates a floodway. Responding to those pure circumstances, the college is elevated above flood ranges, not solely safeguarding the ability but in addition maximizing views of the mountain vary. By weaving in social and casual studying areas at quite a lot of scales, the design honors particular person and group actions equally.

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With a web site half the scale of a group faculty campus, issues in regards to the college’s massive scale have been on the forefront. Inviting a progressive academic philosophy, seven buildings, three tales every, strategically incorporate 2,300 college students into interdisciplinary academies.

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These technology-rich “faculties,” with centrally positioned shared areas, encourage interplay, whereas additionally breaking down the dimensions of the college for a extra private really feel. Each indoors and outdoor, areas for teams of various sizes, whether or not learning, gathering or socializing, assist the project-based experiences that assist college students put together for faculty and careers.

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Elevating the building on plinths protects the college from flooding and permits floodwaters to stream unobstructed on the property. The area under the raised platform has turn into a 400-car storage— a future-orientated resolution that exemplifies environment friendly land use. Lifting the college above the parking supplies elevated out of doors area, a safer campus, and achieves in 34 acres what it sometimes takes 50 to 60 acres to perform. Because the area continues to develop, different college districts will think about Mount Si a mannequin for future growth.