Colin Powel Middle school is located in Matteson, Illinois, designed by Legat Architects in the respect for energy efficiency, nature, and openness. It is built on 12.000 square footage areas and is able to cover the capacity of 1000 students. This school resident has V-shaped classroom wings which connect to an enrichment including a choir room, learning resource center, cafetorium, gym, and competition-size gym. The classroom wings respond to solar orientation and offers great views to the site. The building features other high-performance technologies include a day-lighting system, geothermal pond system, and a passive security system. Inside, the natural colors surround the building are used to ease navigation and promote a sense of identity for students. The natural day-lighting system is created by the glass façade on the entire building which allows natural light to invade the entire space. Besides, the glass façade also offers some great views. The open floor plan engages natural surroundings and promotes safety as well. The architect states that the design of Colin Powell Middle School responds to the client’s desire to provide a progressive symbol of education to its students and community and that energy efficiency, environmental conscientiousness, and openness were all driving factors in the design. The following are some pictures of the project which are taken from Arch Daily.
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