Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School
Award of Excellence
This bilingual, sustainability-focused public charter school, located in the District of Columbia, sprung from the renovation of a 1920s-era school building.
Mundo Verde is a bilingual, sustainability-focused public charter school located in the District of Columbia. The school’s curriculum is based on expeditionary learning, where students learn through the critical exploration of complex issues.
Awarded a shuttered 1920s-era school building and site by the District in 2013, Mundo Verde had a direct question for the design team: “How can this redevelopment and addition project teach our students to be global stewards?” From the renovation of the existing building to the precise detailing and material efficiency of the Pre-K annex, the entire campus is designed to foster learning through environmental living.
The site planning enables the contemporary building to be different from the historical building yet connected to it, while still respecting the historical building. The combination of historical and contemporary buildings is a rich experience for children. The design team’s process for engaging the community in the design will ensure the project’s long-term success. Several features reflect a thoughtful and holistic sustainability strategy within a modest budget.