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From the 2023 Architectural Portfolio: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School

Feb. 2, 2024
The project was recognized as an outstanding design in the Elementary Schools category.

Constructed over parking, Our Lady Of Guadalupe School in Hermosa Beach, California, is a raised bar building that hovers, covers, zigs and zags as it responds to existing buildings and its corner hillside site.  Concrete support walls create a lightness that seems to defy gravity. Zoning restrictions for parking and height were turned into design opportunities by raising the building off the ground and placing gathering areas underneath. Stairs anchor each end of the building and reinforce the site’s slope with two different access experiences. One is light, open and sculptural, and the second is carved into the hillside. 

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