Maintain the integrity of a Richard Meier design while adding significant additions.
Meier's Clifty Creek Elementary School is one of Columbus, Indiana's iconic schools designed by distinguished architects. With the growth of Columbus, the beloved school needed more classrooms, support amenities, and updated building compliance.
The task required delicacy - respect the original design, add the necessary elements, and infuse new vitality. To start, we extended the primary axis of the school in both directions. Mirroring Meier's setback between the classrooms and library, a service link was inserted to keep the addition from appearing too massive. Meier's exterior curved walls were also replicated at the new termination points. While adding the ADA-required elevator and corridors to the courtyard, we replaced the existing walls with glass and a brise-soliel thus allowing the heart of the school, the library and the new bridge/elevator system to be connected with nature. The colors used in the courtyard further promoted the correlation. In a new twist, floor color-coding was added throughout the school and gave identity to individual floors that were previously indistinguishable.