Charlotte Lab School is a progressive learning school which relies on students using Uptown Charlotte as their extended classroom.
The building combines three existing office buildings into one school facility. The smaller classrooms are mostly open and use break out spaces for small group learning and project work. The existing materials, such as brick, wood columns and wood floors contrast with vivid colors in the new finishes and furniture. The K-2 wing walls are mostly storefront to let as much daylight in as possible. Some of the existing offices are reused as small group break out rooms.
The design was cost effective to enable the school to start operating in the competitive Uptown real estate. Besides extensive use of day-lighting, the school also features reused materials – no new interior doors had to be purchased for the school. The storefront in the K-2 wing has been reused from another office remodel job Insight has been working on at the time. The carpet is from the Shuffle line, which combines left over tiles from various installations.
- Date February 2, 2016
- Tags Adaptive Reuse, Charter Schools, Educational Architecture, Sustainability