Weaving into an existing mid-century campus fabric that includes the work of architects Smith and Williams and landscape architect Garrett Eckbo, Sequoyah’s expansion echos the spirit of the original architecture, while providing a sustainable, contemporary interpretation for a new generation.
AIA PASADENA FOOTHILL HONOR AWARD 2011 , 2013
PASADENA BEAUTIFUL FOUNDATION CREATIVE DESIGN AWARD 2013
The new L-shaped building turns its back against a freeway off ramp to frame a generous central courtyard. A two-story classroom structure features a north-rising ceiling to provide efficient daylight, passive cooling and heating.
Moveable partitions, bay window lofts and exterior “seminar pods” support Sequoyah’s flexible class sizes and focused student group work.
Separated by an intimate courtyard, a soaring one-story structure houses the performing arts and transforms into an all-school assembly space. Expressed plywood clad roof trusses rise to a clerestory providing daylight and sound attenuation.
An exterior wall slides open to an ample outdoor stage that addresses the central courtyard for community-wide performances.
Intersecting rectangles of perforated steel lace across the school’s new perimeter edge, creating a fence simultaneously opaque and transparent with the shifting sun.