Parker Elementary’s design alludes to the school’s focus on music. A large entry plaza for outdoor performances as well as designated outdoor spaces for teaching and the display of student art pieces, enhance the outwardly connection with the surrounding community.
This project balances the replacement of an existing 50-year old building with the creation of a new landmark within an established neighborhood. The site is efficiently used by placing the building next to a city park to the west while opening a large green space to the east creating “a school within a park.”
The 21st century school focuses on the multi-functional use of interior and exterior spaces. Parker Elementary’s design has enhanced this concept by activating hallways to become teaching spaces, enabling the corridor to be more than just a passageway from one part of the school to another.