Doxa Los Angeles’s Temporary Architecture for Schools
Above, SLO’s design with changeable exterior building skin. (Photo SLO)
Many of Los Angeles’ classrooms exist in temporary or portable structures, established to save money and act as a quick fix to the need for expanded classroom space. Of the LA Unified School District’s 9,300 temporary classrooms, most are drab, poorly designed for student engagement, and are in need of repairs or replacement.
As part of a larger effort to rethink education, The Los Angeles’ Unified School District recently invited three LA-based architecture firms (Swift Lee Office or SLO, Hodgetts+Fung, and Gonzalez Goodale) to rise to this design challenge. The firms designed pre-fab, temporary school structures that feel like permanent spaces, and create inspiring learning environments for kids. The designs include a sustainable focus, with features like natural lighting and air flow, and use of renewable energy and materials (which also integrates lessons on environmental design into the physical classroom). The designs can be built cheaply, quickly, are easy to assemble, and can be produced en masse. Designs range in size from 6,000 to 30,000 square feet.
Hodgetts+Fung’s prototypes, built mainly of fiberglass, are lightweight and easy to replace. (Photo Hodgetts+Fung)
Gonzalez Goodale’s modular prototypes. (Photo Gonzalez Goodale)
More in The Architect’s Newspaper article.