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Learning Through Gradients

Light exists not only in form but also as information. The biological way in which light is processed translates into an educational framework for the school’s flow of knowledge. While CBJ Snyder’s innovative H-plan effectively brought sunlight into P.S. 64, the building’s repeated floor plans alongside its symmetrical façade and windows limited the interplay of light and dark within. This project thus sets out to reveal the gradients of experience that might take place within the school. Through a series of excavated light wells, the redesigned P.S. 64 is newly exposed to sunlight from above. Using light’s qualities both formally as illumination and programmatically as a reorganized educational framework, the school’s interiors house a diversity of environments that are matched to its diverse students.