Trinity Episcopal School

Austin, TX

Project Description

This K-8 school occupies a heavily wooded natural site in a densely developed commercial district near Austin. The master plan approach involves tightly clustering individual buildings around a well-defined central mall and plaza lined by two-story colonnades. This density of structures and walkways allow much of the beautiful site to remain a nature preserve. The master plan adds five two-story buildings (80,000 square feet total) to the existing one-story Lower School. These buildings include a grades 3-5 Middle School building, a grades 6-8 Upper School building, a multi-purpose gymnasium building, a multi-purpose dining hall, and a chapel/fine arts center. The chapel/fine arts center is the focus of the pedestrian mall and anchors the central axis of the campus.

The buildings are linked with accessible two-story colonnades. The colonnades provide shelter and architectural character to the building facades facing the mall. Strong stone piers define the outdoor urban space and a delicate, carefully detailed steel frame behind the stone columns keeps the arcade light and airy. The colonnade provides scale and architectural interest to the facades of the colorfully articulated stucco buildings.