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View of the metal cladding carapace hanging over the cypress siding
Montessori Primary, Fayetteville, Arkansas (2014)
Montessori Primary school exterior with box rib metal wall panels and cypress siding
Montessori Primary, Fayetteville, Arkansas (2014)
Montessori Primary exterior sign against wood exterior lit up by lights at night
Montessori Primary, Fayetteville, Arkansas (2014)
Angled hallways feeding into classrooms as children walk to class
Montessori Primary, Fayetteville, Arkansas (2014)
An interior hallway space with children looking at each other through the glass
Montessori Primary, Fayetteville, Arkansas (2014)
An enclosed area where children play in the garden line in cypress siding walls open to the blue sky above
Montessori Primary, Fayetteville, Arkansas (2014)

Montessori Primary

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Project Information:

Fayetteville, Arkansas (2014)

Montessori Primary is a complete renovation of an outdated suburban office building into a 9-classroom school building that augments the facilities at the Fayetteville Montessori School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The renovation, which was completed 11 months (design through construction) for $132 per square foot, utilizes the original structure of the building, including the rhythm of the storefronts along the south and west walls, which now provide large banks of glass into each classroom. Angled walls, conceived of as a carapace, drop in front of the windows to provide shade and visual separation from the street. An addition on the north side of the building, unseen from the exterior entry of the building, intersects the existing building at the reception area and conference room. The insertion creates a dynamic, acute corner as the corridor extends to three additional classrooms and frames two courtyards, used for outdoor play, between the old and the new.

The new building, although somewhat remote, is an extension of the campus with the material palette – dark bronze, box rib metal wall panels and cypress siding – tying Montessori Primary back to Montessori Elementary, completed in 2012.

Structural: Myers Beatty Engineering
Mechanical: HP Engineering
Civil: Bates and Associates
Geotechnical Engineer: GTS Inc.
Contractor: Nabholz Construction Company

Project Awards:

+ American Architecture Prize: Educational Buildings [Gold]
+ Arkansas AIA Honor Award
+ Gulf States Regional AIA Merit Award
+ Metal Architecture Design Award: Ribbed Metal Wall Panel Category


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