Northwood Elementary School
Mercer Island, WA

Providing learning experiences at every step, the overall site design at Northwood Elementary balances a celebration of nature and culture and symbolizes the school district’s principles of preservation, durability, sustainability and lifelong learning. The school’s daily social and learning functions are fortified by creating spaces that communicate a strong sense of civic pride and positive social interaction, mixed with hands-on, project-based outdoor learning opportunities. Active social spaces for the public and school community, active hands-on learning spaces immediately adjacent to internal learning spaces, and physical activity lawns and play courts are featured. Many sizes and types of spaces are included, providing a wide variety of experiences – from large paved areas for play to small intimate corners; from active ‘messy’ learning labs to passive corners.