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BIG to design US school

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Danish practice BIG has revealed plans for this secondary school in Virginia, USA

ARCHITECT’S VIEW • PROJECT DATA

The new 15,800m2 school will relocate two existing schools into one new building. 

Located in a dense urban area the school has five-storeys in order to maintain open space at ground level for outdoor recreation. 

Despite this the practice said it has ‘aimed to maintain the feeling of a one-storey school building’. 

The scheme includes a series of ‘cascading green terraces’ which the classrooms sit beneath. 

It also features a public auditorium and gymnasium which are accessible from the main street front.

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Architect’s view

The building is designed as a series of classroom bars rotated along a single hinge point. The rotation creates cascading green terraces leading from the educational spaces of the school to the athletic field. Beneath the rotated classroom bars is a pair of large public levels with varying ceiling heights. The large and public functions of the building, including auditorium and gymnasium, are placed on these levels and accessible from the main street front, Wilson Boulevard.

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Wilson Secondary School by BIG

Project data

Location Arlington, Virginia, USA
Type of project secondary school
Client Arlington Public Schools
Architect BIG
Structural engineer Silman
M&E engineer Interface Engineering
Project management Faithful & Gould
Area 15,800m2

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