Transparency and flexibility are the primary design elements of the new Mae Smythe Elementary School. The two-story layout allows natural light to pour into the learning spaces despite the compact plan, which is ideal for the small 8.6-acre site. High interior volumes allow natural light to flood into even the interior portions of the building. Flex learning areas are located throughout the campus, and multipurpose instructional areas are provided in each grade level cluster. The library is the school’s focal point. It is visible from the main entry and both floors, and it includes easy access to nearby outdoor learning areas, a makerspace, and a story time area.
- Pasadena Independent School District