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Joint venture partners Trapolin-Peer Architects and VMDO have provided master planning and comprehensive design services for the new Edna Karr High School in Algiers, on New Orleans' West Bank. The school is currently under construction and is slated for completion in December 2019. Designed to accommodate a student population of 1,200, the school’s layout divides into the west and east wings that wrap a central courtyard. The main academic west wing houses the core academic elements of the program (classrooms, science labs, media center, etc.), as well as the administrative offices and dining commons. The east wing is composed of performing arts and physical education, including a competition and practice gymnasium as well as a stage.

The design emphasizes flexible, adaptable spaces that inspire and engage the teaching and learning communities. Informal and formal learning spaces will encourage learning to happen both inside and outside the traditional classroom. The design intent and building layout bolster a sense of belonging, identity, and school pride, while incorporating passive security and transparency measures to create an environment of increased student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction that is dynamic while safe, secure, and supervised.

Joint venture partners Trapolin-Peer Architects and VMDO have provided master planning and comprehensive design services for the new Edna Karr High School in Algiers, on New Orleans' West Bank. The school is currently under construction and is slated for completion in December 2019. Designed to accommodate a student population of 1,200, the school’s layout divides into the west and east wings that wrap a central courtyard. The main academic west wing houses the core academic elements of the program (classrooms, science labs, media center, etc.), as well as the administrative offices and dining commons. The east wing is composed of performing arts and physical education, including a competition and practice gymnasium as well as a stage.

The design emphasizes flexible, adaptable spaces that inspire and engage the teaching and learning communities. Informal and formal learning spaces will encourage learning to happen both inside and outside the traditional classroom. The design intent and building layout bolster a sense of belonging, identity, and school pride, while incorporating passive security and transparency measures to create an environment of increased student-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction that is dynamic while safe, secure, and supervised.

The Media Library is located at the center of the school on the second floor, with a wall of north-facing windows looking over the center courtyard to maximize natural daylighting. The Library is vertically connected to the 1st floor Reading Room / Lounge that is open to the students for reading, doing homework or getting organized between classes, at the lunch break, or before school.

The design integrates additional informal learning spaces, including break-out spaces outside of the classrooms and front/back porch spaces that are semi-private but observable from the adjoining classroom and teacher resource areas. These spaces facilitate connections to social learning through flexible and teacher directed usage. They extend classrooms by empowering educators and students alike to shape their learning environments to suit the need of individuals and groups.

The Media Library is located at the center of the school on the second floor, with a wall of north-facing windows looking over the center courtyard to maximize natural daylighting. The Library is vertically connected to the 1st floor Reading Room / Lounge that is open to the students for reading, doing homework or getting organized between classes, at the lunch break, or before school.

The design integrates additional informal learning spaces, including break-out spaces outside of the classrooms and front/back porch spaces that are semi-private but observable from the adjoining classroom and teacher resource areas. These spaces facilitate connections to social learning through flexible and teacher directed usage. They extend classrooms by empowering educators and students alike to shape their learning environments to suit the need of individuals and groups.

Full Aerial May 2019

Above: May 2019 aerial photos of site and construction.

Above: May 2019 aerial photos of site and construction.

Client: New Orleans Recovery School District

Location: New Orleans, LA

Discipline: Middle & High Schools

Completion: 2019

Size: 143,153 SF