Inspired by Nature
Among its various offerings, Ada Christian offers roughly 550 students a year an Integrated Outdoor Education. The program is freeing, project oriented and, at times, messy. Wonderfully messy. To help bring the outdoors in, and indoors out, the school approached AMDG. The result is a space that’s flexible, accommodating, and open to the wonders of nature.
Establishing The V
Located in the V shape created by Ada Christian’s existing buildings, the Integrated Outdoor Education exterior balances interior sightlines with outdoor learning opportunities.
With desks pushed out of the way, projects are often conducted in the center of the room lending to a hands-on learning approach.
Supporting an outdoor curriculum means creating an environment that’s open, easy to reconfigure, and capable of being hosed off at a moment’s notice.
As a place for students to grow plants and understand their lifecycles, the greenhouse required thoughtful planning around irrigation, fertilizer injectors, sinks, and storage.
Careful consideration went into how the Integrated Outdoor Education space transitioned into the existing building. Programmatically, and for better circulation of students, the media common space (also designed by AMDG) was the logical connecting point.
“Our 4th graders are completing an economics project… and our greenhouse was an important part of the process… they worked with the plants, marketed their products, and are now selling them! …amazing students in our wonderful learning space!”