Earth School – Design Concept

Located in Leamington, ON, the Earth School was developed as a theoretical design proposal to re-focus student learning towards “all things earth”.

Designed for a very large and gradually sloping site, the school conceptually seeks to use the ground plane as a design starting point thus making an immediate correlation between the fundamental form-making and the curriculum’s main focus (food, nutrition, health and wellness and earth studies).

The design takes the ground plane, which slopes in elevation by approx. 21 feet downward from the rear of the site to the front (street), and tilts it back upward (in a mirror image of the downward slope) to form a new roof plane. The rear of the site now seamlessly folds into the new grass covered roof plane.

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