Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School

Architect: Studio Twenty Seven Architecture

Location: Washington, DC

Award of Excellence

This bilingual, sustainability-focused public charter school, located in DC, sprung from the renovation of a 1920s-era school building.

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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.

Jury comments

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.

Additional information

Civil Engineer: Christopher Consultants

Structural Engineer: Ehlert/Bryan, Inc.

MEP Engineer: CS Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Landscape Architect of Record: CGLA

Consulting Landscape Architect: Siteworks

Food Service Consultant: Next Step Design

Acoustical Consultant: Hush Acoustics

Jury

2016 Education Facility Design Awards Jury

Karina Ruiz, AIA (Chair), DOWA-IBI Group Architects

Helena L. Jubany, FAIA, NAC/Architecture

Steve Ziger, AIA, Ziger/Snead Architects

Cristina C. Alvarez, Ed.D, Delaware Design Lab High School

Bruce Lindsey, Washington University in St. Louis

Zachary Neubauer, University of Portland

Image credits

Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School

Anice Hoachlander

Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School

Anice Hoachlander

Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School

Anice Hoachlander

Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School

Anice Hoachlander