San Francisco – SCN
Sunset Children’s Co-op
G and S was challenged to design a beautiful school right across from San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. The philosophy behind this project was contextual – to integrate, design and build the site to suit the scale and style of the Outer Sunset District and to maximize functionality both inside and outside to meet the community’s needs.
The school is a beautiful edition to the neighborhood with its clean and inviting design making maximum use of the northern afternoon lighting. The color scheme was drawn for the beach grasses that grow on the bluffs above the beach. The whale mosaic makes a connection to the vast Pacific across the street and creates a conversation for the community to explore our ecosystem. The inside is a passive open design with ambient lighting and a thermal mass radiant slab allowing for fun barefoot activities.AIA Pro Bono Award 2009 Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle