Left: Interior courtyard
Right: Exterior view of school entry
Right: View from courtyard to street
Los Angeles, California
St. James’ School is church-based located in the ethnically
diverse, mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles. Responding to an expanding
student population, the K-6 school retained Levin & Associates
to renovate the existing building, and to design a new complex to
accommodate classrooms, library, science and computer facitities,
a multi-purpose space, and an exterior play area.
plan and design are simple, economic solutions that double the
size of the existing campus, providing the school with improved
academic and support-programming space, and serving as a new
community resource. The adajacent St. James’ Gothic church
inspires the schools exterior building design. A rhythm has been
created to modulate the street facade by reinterpreting the church
buttresses as plaster pilasters, which are organized in a pattern
with the windows.
This new two-story building is organized around a small courtyard,
with exterior stairs and an elevator tower. The multi-purpose room
opens out to the play area through barn doors. On the second floor,
an additional play yard augments the oudoor facilities.