east liberty maker school
The East Liberty Maker School is a charter school serving 6th through 8th grade. The concept of the project focuses on building community through visual connection, supporting an interconnected student body that is constantly within sight of other students. Through visual connection, students are immersed in the learning of their fellow students and are able to work communally while also maintaining a sense of ownership of their individual space.
Classrooms are organized as individual studio spaces that wrap around a central atrium space used for circulation. As students wander to their classes they discover small areas for gathering spatially defined using different ceiling heights and materials. In each classroom, the open web steel joist ceiling structure is exposed to provide learning moments for students and teachers to understand what is required to keep a building erect.