Three Schools:

Comprehensive Building Studio


Core Studio III, Fall 2006, Rice University / Critics: Dawn Finley & Gordon Wittenberg


Based on a schools-within-a-school design, Three Schools enables intimate and interrelated spaces to coexist within the larger dynamic of a public institution. Three semi-autonomous schools are housed within the overall complex, with shared spaces distributed equally among them. A strategy of disconnection/reconnection is used to define autonomy and still provide for areas where the schools can interact with each other.

The actual classrooms are placed on a series of three strips that overlap one another, branching off from a single shared auditorium to diverge into separate academies. These strips then merge back together for shared spaces, such as the specialized labs where cross-collaboration is necessary. Each classroom strip is linear and provides natural light to every room through north or south facing windows and skylights.