An existing one-story brick and steel warehouse structure in Hunt Valley has been transformed into a K-12 school for autistic children. The facility, which is part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, provides classrooms, offices, and special educational development spaces, including a playground specifically designed for autistic children. The program is organized to bring maximum daylight into the interior through skylights and the arrangement of classrooms around the perimeter.
A welcoming internal “main street” draws visitors and students into the common heart of the school.
Driven by a tight budget and a need for more space, the only changes that were made to the exterior of this former warehouse were a new colorful canopy, signage, windows and stair railing, and sensitively placed vibrant paint colors.
Classrooms are zoned to allow more than one student-teacher activity to happen in the room.
A calming palette of soft colors is used to modulate long corridors and accentuate special working areas in classrooms and shared spaces.
Color, texture, and pattern in the multi-purpose room stimulate students.