Cardiff School yearned to harness ocean views and breezes better and maximize outdoor learning space. Located near the San Elijo State Beach, this K-2 school included the modernization of two existing buildings and seven new buildings gently terracing down the hillside. Other improvements included new play areas, outdoor learning courtyards, a new parking lot and drop-off amphitheater, and a lunch shelter.
Using the concept of a breakwater, the perimeter buildings utilize a neutral exterior along the street punctuated with large dormer windows that bring daylight into the classrooms and conceal mechanical units from view. On the interior, buildings are painted in the bright blue hues of the ocean, creating cheerfulness and energy. Trees taken down were repurposed into log benches and incorporated into the courtyards, along with coastal landscaping and boulders for informal outdoor learning.
The new campus plan also sought to improve circulation, security, and supervision. The multi-purpose room was repositioned to the front of the school, where it has direct access to parking and the joint-use open space for events. Strategically located adjacent to the playfields, an ample lunch area is shaded by a dynamic canopy with exposed structure and serves as a central gathering space for students.
1888 Montgomery Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007
Cardiff School District
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Studio E Architects