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Maury Elementary School, a white panel facade building with windows connects at back by a glass atrium to brick Maury School
Maury Elementary School

A 130-Year-Old Neighborhood School Renewed

Client

Department of General Services

Project Location

Washington, DC

Students

540

Area

84,000 SF

A cornerstone for east Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Maury Elementary School has served its neighborhood for more than 130 years. The need for greater capacity and alignment with its community鈥檚 evolving needs led to an expanded and modernized school that creatively maintains the historic 1886 4-square classroom building, and integrates an addition as compactly as possible on the existing site.

A glass-edged atrium connects the historic with the new to celebrate the original historic fa莽ades while amplifying transparency and indoor-outdoor connections. The school鈥檚 mission aims to offer a nurturing environment to its demographically and economically diverse community of learners, fostering creativity, cultivating curiosity, and forming lasting connections to develop self-empowered citizens.

The re-imagined school elevates this mission. Opportunities for learning are everywhere, as a high degree of interior glazing provides a sense of openness and connection. Design principles guiding the newly opened school include maximizing open space for physical education, informal play, and community use while creating a unique sense of place that inspires, attracts, and sparks children鈥檚 love of learning.

Award

2021 Grand Prize

Learning by Design Magazine

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