Neighborhood Charter School
Joint Venture: praxis3 + Verge Studio
the original interior of the school leaving only a brick shell which was
supported temporarily while the new building was being
the inside out. A steel frame and hollow core slab system was used to restore
the classroom space. The solid masonry facade was restored to its former glory
on the exterior to match the historic district that is Grant Park. On the interior,
brick was left exposed for a loft aesthetic. Insurance money was used for this
project and a large portion of the budget was used to save the existing shell.
The insurance company would have preferred that it be torn down completely.
With a tight budget interior finishes had to be very economical. I developed
a floor patterning system for the class rooms that used carpet tile; a field
and two accents. If a tile is damaged you simple replace it with an accent
tile and the carpet won’t look faded. For hallways VCT was used. I came
up with patterns based on different mathematical sequences.