Diamond Ranch High School by Thom Mayne – Morphosis

1 Nov

Safintra loves this project that was completed in 2000, designed by Morphosis. The site is an advanced solution of educational space, where the architects have tried to combine aesthetic beauty with a sense of social mission. The building is on a site that was considered too steep to build on with a gradient rising from 1:1 to 1:5. Morphosis used the changes in gradient to create a series of buildings and playing fields where the architecture and topography interact.

The simplicity of the building covers the complexity of interconnections between the buildings and common spaces. Geometric shapes step down the hill, defining the circulation path for the whole complex and at times reaching across the pedestrian street to form outdoor enclosures. Buildings connect and pull apart, an appropriate architecture for a high school.

Also see www.morphosis.com

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One Response to “Diamond Ranch High School by Thom Mayne – Morphosis”

  1. Dennis Guichard November 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    Now THAT’s sensational architecture!

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