Shady Side Academy Center for Science and Innovation

The horseshoe-shaped form, comprised of three conjoined bar elements, helps break down the building’s comparatively bulky footprint on the Shady Side campus. Building access comes from multiple directions, and circulation runs around the horseshoe’s inner U, framing a three-sided outdoor courtyard for informal classes, gatherings, performances, and socializing.
In addition to accommodating combination classroom/lab spaces for physics, biology, chemistry, and independent project research—as well as ancillary support spaces such as lab prep rooms and faculty offices—the facility includes a multipurpose collaboration room/lounge for display, small group meetings or work/study. This glassed-in, double-height space creates a sense of vertical connectivity, as well as a visual connection from the building’s most prominent public façade through to the central courtyard.