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Middle and High School
Existing Renovation

Empower students to engage in multiple learning styles simultaneously by expanding the existing learning environments with indoor commons and outdoor learning, and differentiating spaces with huddle rooms.

Can you teach an old building new tricks?

Absolutely. The original classroom buildings on Culver City Middle School and Culver City High School are called "corridor" buildings due to their long, straight corridors flanked with identical classrooms. The primer for these existing buildings highlights some of the elements needed for their transformation into small learning communities. The following diagrams will make more sense if you click below to read the primer first.

The following adjacency diagrams highlight the strategies for creating the DNA of a Small Learning Community, from selectively removing walls of the existing double-loaded corridor buildings to create Teaming Studios, Multi-Purpose Labs and an Indoor Learning Commons, to adding walls to create Huddle Rooms and Teacher Collaboration Workspaces. Using these space types, future design teams will tailor the DNA for each campus.

The following examples highlight a few configurations, ranging from commons to larger, open spaces for extending the footprint of studios and labs. The adjacency diagram shows relationships between learning spaces, it is not a floor plan. 

Creating the Community

Click on the arrows to see the change from two existing finger buildings into a new community.

DNA of a Small Learning Community

Click on the space type to learn more.

Learning Studio


Projects Lab


Indoor Learning Commons


Teaming Studio


Science Lab




Small Huddle


Medium Huddle


Teacher Collaboration Workspace

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