In collaboration with CA Architects, BASE assisted the French American International School with the development of their new Early Childhood Center (ECC) on Page Street in San Francisco. The facility is set within a residential neighborhood and comprises nine Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten classrooms, staff offices and a multi-purpose room. The building layout forms two courtyards with separate play areas for each age group.
BASE led a series of design workshops for school administration and educators to develop a program for the outdoor learning and flexible play areas based on the school’s mission, values and curriculum. The play areas contain age-appropriate activity settings and elements to support children’s physical and social development. Features including sports and open play area, a play house village, gardening boxes, sand and water play, trike paths, construction and art areas, nature play, play equipment for climbing, spinning, balancing, small and large group gathering areas, and outdoor classrooms. Thematic elements that highlight the school’s French and multi-national aspects and its setting in Northern California include allusions to elements in the French/Moroccan Jardin Majorelle and use of water conserving California native plantings.
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