CITIZENS OF THE WORLD CHARTER SCHOOL | GASTINGER WALKER
AWARDS AIA KANSAS CITY DESIGN AWARDS / INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE_MERIT AWARD / 2018
DESIGN ARCHITECT GASTINGER WALKER | KANSAS CITY MISSOURI OWNER IFF REAL ESTATE SOLUTIONS CONTRACTOR MCCOWN GORDON STRUCTURAL ENGINEER ASM ENGINEERING MEP ENGINEER MCCOWN GORDON DESIGN BUILD CIVIL ENGINEER ASM ENGINEERING
LOCATION KANSAS CITY MISSOURI SQUARE FOOTAGE 40,000 SF OPENED 2017 PHOTOGRAPHY MICHAEL ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY
Initiated by a grass roots organization, Citizens of the World Charter School grew from a conversation between parents into a newly established K-3 charter school in 18 months. The design and construction, completed in 12 weeks, consists of a full interior renovation to a mid-century modern office building. Working from CWC’s core educational model, the design employs form and materiality to reinforce three main goals: FOCUSED LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS, are supported through the quietness of monochromatic color palettes; COMMUNITY, is promoted by strategically located glass partitions and adjacencies to create spatial layering between multiple spaces; NEIGHBORHOOD CONNECTIONS, are manifest through the shifting and stacking of classroom blocks that open large vistas to the exterior and bring daylight deep into the building.