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Pocket Garden Elementary School

The project restores the former PS 64 school by transforming the existing structure into a space that integrates nature and community in education. The intervention carves the existing H-plan structure to create different spatial experiences, inserting open-air, green spaces as part of each classroom and play spaces along circulation paths. The aim is to integrate nature as an essential part of the child’s education in order to promote sensibility with the natural environment, which is difficult to achieve in New York City. The project approaches education through a playful manner by looking at it as a landscape. The school is a space where the community can gather and use for different activities.