Vivid colors were chosen for the school's exterior to distinguish it as a vibrant icon for the neighborhood.Photo by: Ethan Kaplan
A symbol of the neighborhood’s native cultures, the Tenderloin School serves as a safe haven in a notoriously dangerous neighborhood. Guided by visioning workshops with teachers, parents, children, and community members, the design uses a tight site creatively, accommodating a medical and dental clinic, counseling rooms, adult education classrooms, parent resource center, community kitchen, community garden, and play yards, in addition to the elementary school. Color is used as an orientation device, and the layout integrates school and community functions for maximum interaction. Large, north-facing windows bring daylight into each classroom, where intimate learning spaces are tucked into bay windows.
San Francisco Beautiful
AIA San Francisco
AIA/Committee on Architecture for Education
AIA CC/Coilition for Adequate School Housing