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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

This elementary school was the final project  for Paul Preissner and Kelly’ Bair’s studio at UIC.

The design for this elementary school is derived from a series of studies of Aldo Rossi’s Summer Drawings.  There are three incarnations of these drawings, each deviating from the previous version: the first set transcribes the sketches into line drawings, the second set redraws the content from a reverse angle, and the third set proposes a curvilinear interior surface condition.  The geometrical organization for the elementary school is drawn from the skewed chimney and entryway found in drawing no. 9., while the crossing circulation layout was derived from the interior surface studies.

The school’s site plan is drawn from the surrounding building typologies.  Rather than defaulting to an enclosed courtyard for green space, the building’s mass is sliced diagonally, creating an atrium that functions as a interstitial space between interior and exterior.  The torqued form of the building is a result from transitioning between the rectilinear and triangular geometries of the surrounding buildings.

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