The Urban School

The Urban School

San Francisco, California

Project Info
The Urban School
San Francisco, California
2016, 63,600 GSF, LEED Gold Certification in Process
2016, American School & University Outstanding Design, Facilities & Recreation Centers

The Urban School of San Francisco, an innovative, independent high school, had maximized their existing campus and desired an expansion; the school’s teaching pedagogy, values, and 60-year commitment to their community and Haight Ashbury neighborhood, informed the design of the new Academic and Wellness Center. Connected by a pedestrian pathway across Page Street, the new center provides a diversity of spaces for interaction—seven flexible classrooms, a kitchen and two-level student commons, a full-size gymnasium event center, as well as casual meeting spaces and areas for reflection. An outdoor turf field and outdoor student commons activate the rooftop. The site is bound on three sides by its urban context. To the north, the site fronts the well traveled Oak Street overlooking the Panhandle, a wooded extension of Golden Gate Park. A glass façade visually connects the school with its surroundings and the balanced natural light and views create calm, reflective spaces to learn. The light-filled student commons overlooks a full-size gymnasium/event center, creating a social, activity center for the school. Acoustical treatments on walls and doors allow for the openness without sacrificing performance within the adjacent classrooms.