Laurence School

Valley Glen, CA

Laurence School calls itself a “place of secret gardens” and this theme was the goal of the site design. The design maximized the use of all outdoor areas both for circulation and functioning garden rooms. Adjacent to the library, gardens were created for quiet reading with privacy walls covered in slate serving as an empty canvas for children to create temporal art and writing with chalk. An amphitheater shaded by a large existing eucalyptus, flower and vegetable gardens, outdoor eating courtyards, benches in gardens and corridors for socializing, sports fields and running tracks, were all designed to celebrate nature and coexist in a garden like setting.