Architect: Rogers Partners
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Award of Excellence
The first new Baltimore public school in nearly 30 years, its design respects history and was inspired by East Baltimore’s row houses, stoops, and social civic spaces.
The Henderson-Hopkins School is the first new Baltimore public school in nearly 30 years. A 125,000-square-foot K-8 partnership school and early childhood center run by Johns Hopkins University, Henderson-Hopkins is a progressive learning environment for children and a laboratory for the next generation of educators.
The school is a cluster of “containers for learning” inspired by East Baltimore’s row houses, stoops, and social civic spaces. Through its intentionally porous, safe, urban plan, and the craftsmanship of light, materiality and performance, its design respects history and supports the future of education and of its neighborhood.
Aldo van Eyck meets Alejandro Aravena in Baltimore. Neighborhood urbanism as pedagogy is a radical approach to this problem. The diagram of the houses is compelling in its simplicity and organization of learning space (both formal and informal) and its connection to outdoor spaces. Interior spaces are well-scaled and use color as an organizational device. The school serves as a resource and is an extension of the fabric of the community.