TIDE Academy / LPA

– Architects: LPA – Year : 2019 – Photographs :Jason O’Rear Photography

LPA designs for a three-story public high school in Menlo Park, California, a block from Meta’s (Facebook) headquarters, focus on supporting new ways of teaching STEAM (science, engineering, art, and mathematics).

The TIDE campus — the acronym stands for technology, innovation, design, and engineering —forms a protective three-story “U” around a terraced central courtyard, connected by a grand staircase.

LPA designs for a three-story public high school in Menlo Park, California, a block from Meta’s (Facebook) headquarters, focus on supporting new ways of teaching STEAM (science, engineering, art, and mathematics).

The campus connects to the sidewalk and street, putting education on display and tying the school to the neighborhood.

TIDE was designed to attract partnerships with the area's high-tech companies and support direct connections with local universities.

TIDE’s curriculum is focused on preparing students for careers. Learning environments support project-based learning, different forms of collaboration, and team teaching.

Classrooms and labs were enlarged from the standard model to 1,150 square feet, each with direct access to a collab and outdoor space.

Spaces are designed to facilitate three different types of learning: collaboration, contemplation, and concentration.