Sunset Primary School in West Linn, Ore., has been designed to embrace the natural landscape and provide collaborative, inspirational learning environments. The district’s priority for fully inclusive services and equitable experiences drove the library’s placement at the “heart” of the school. Classrooms are clustered in neighborhood groups around open collaboration spaces known as “porches.” If students require additional support outside the classroom, the porch can be used for small group or individual learning activities. Each porch connects to the central, unifying library. The exposed wood structure and roof deck of the open library celebrate the Douglas Fir as a building material, and the two-story window wall embraces views of the same fir trees outside. This view was a driving factor in the school’s design and is the first experience students have on their way to class each morning.
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