2006 | Phoenix, AZ | K-12 Education | 30,000 sq ft | $3.3 million
Desiderata is an alternative high school dedicated to helping students with emotional disorders achieve an education and learn life skills. Holding the conviction that a connection to nature is critical for educational success, Jones Studio created a learning environment with an extensive integration of natural light and landscaping. The design employs a variety of functionally successful techniques, including versatile classrooms, therapy rooms, and administrative areas. Deep courtyards carved into the existing repurposed industrial structure provides students and teachers moments of respite, relaxation, and mediation.