Pine Street Elementary
Rooms to Teach
Inspired by our client to design a "Building as a Teaching Tool” - this 900-student elementary school is a powerful teaching tool that supports the trend to create more inspiring educational facilities that foster better performance on behalf of both students and teachers alike.
These design elements are evidenced in the collaborative and interactive teaching spaces located throughout the building. In addition to the learning spaces, the school's exposed structural, mechanical, and electrical systems serve as teaching tools to educate students about building systems.
Today’s classroom has evolved from rows of desks and chairs to flexible, open spaces which provide various types of settings empowering students at an early age to discover, innovate and create in nontraditional learning environments.
Strategically displayed throughout the facility, large scale graphics depicting landmarks expose students to local history and culture. The use of color and non-traditional materials provide visual stimulation for students and directional cues to assist with wayfinding and identification of various grade levels. Each bay of the school has a predominant accent color, with the central zones incorporating all the colors.
From the central gathering rotunda and the wide corridors to the exterior rain garden, every space is thoughtfully designed for a learning opportunity.
To learn more about the Interior Design and Landscape Architecture services provided for this project, please click the links above.
Smallwood also provided Experiential Graphic Design services for this project. To learn more about this practice area, please click the link above.
"Great collaboration. This won't be your grandfather's elementary school."
Rockdale County Public Schools