German International School of Silicon Valley – Berkeley Hillside Campus

German International School of Silicon Valley – Berkeley Hillside Campus

In 2012, the German International School of Silicon Valley acquired their first East Bay property – a then-abandoned beautiful public school in the north Berkeley hills.  As they began to make core infrastructure improvements, they turned to BASE for expertise in planning children’s educational landscapes.

BASE is working closely with the school community to develop a Master Plan that expands the schools’ learning curriculum into the landscape based in nature based play. We presented some of our initial research and findings to the school and surrounding community for feedback.  This draft Master Plan represents the integration of much of that feedback.

For a link to our powerpoint presentation to the School and community, click here (note: it’s a large file!)

Year: 2013
Status: Completed
Location: Berkeley, California
Collaborators:
German International School of Silicon Valley / Berkeley Campus

German International School of Silicon Valley – Berkeley Hillside Campus
This 1933 photograph shows the original and largely intact facade of the building. Note the simple steel tube swing set and Eucalyptus trees along the skyline
German International School of Silicon Valley – Berkeley Hillside Campus
Kids' drawings provided a source of inspiration and ideas for the landscape plan.
German International School of Silicon Valley – Berkeley Hillside Campus
The community meeting was held in the auditorium in September and was a great success, with over 45 members of the school community and surrounding neighborhood.
German International School of Silicon Valley – Berkeley Hillside Campus
We reviewed objectives of the school's curriculum to make sure that educational activities and opportunities were interwoven into the landscape. The school learning objectives include well defined academic and physical milestones that we can support through age-appropriate play environments and outdoor classrooms.
German International School of Silicon Valley – Berkeley Hillside Campus
We collected inspirational images of learning, play, and sustainability in the landscape.
German International School of Silicon Valley – Berkeley Hillside Campus