Ardmore Elementary School, Bellevue School District, Bellevue, Washington
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Ardmore Elementary School
Bellevue School District
Bellevue, Washington
  • 2012 Outstanding Design, American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase
  • 2012 Civic Design Citation Award, AIA Washington Council
  • 2012 Design Excellence, AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE)
  • 2011 Grand Prize, Learning By Design
  • 2011 Citation, National School Boards Association (NSBA) Exhibition of School Architecture
The culture that exists at Ardmore Elementary School clearly places high value on strong collaboration within each grade level and a strong sense of community throughout the school. The design carefully responds to these values by creating clusters of classrooms per grade level that open onto a shared work area. Each cluster and shared space is separate from the main hallway to reduce disruption in the clusters while maximizing the collaboration that can occur in a cluster. The library is a two-story space in the middle of the school with glass walls and large openings to the hallway – recreating a transparent center of the school to allow for connectedness and to support a strong sense of community.