Northridge High School Academy

Los Angeles Unified School District

Los Angeles, California

The challenge: A magnet school on the edge of California State University on a limited 5.3-acre site. The solution: A vertical design with underground parking for 210 cars, with a visual tie-in to the surrounding campus landscape. Northridge High School Academy is a magnet high school serving the northwest San Fernando Valley. Designed for academically-advanced students, the campus is located on the edge of California State University, Northridge. Students enjoy the expanded resources available at the university, such as access to the Oviatt Library; faculty get the benefit of working with their peers at the university to develop curricula. gkkworks provided architectural design services for this school, designed to house just 888 students. The 115,800 SF school consists of a four-story classroom/administration building, multipurpose building with a lunch shelter, gymnasium with lockers and showers, fitness center, and student store. Because the site is unusually small—just 5.3 acres—a visual tie-in to the surrounding campus landscape was an important factor in the design. Careful consideration was given to the scale, proportions, detailing, color, and choice of materials, so the school would coexist in harmony with adjacent university buildings and residential areas.

 

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