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German School

Built in 2001, this 126,000 sf school was well ahead of its time. The client, with European sensibilities and grand design expectations, wanted an environment to motivate learning, open the space to the outwards and provide more natural light.

The resulting design attempted to merge the school directly into the site. It utilizes among the first green roof in the region, providing both the requested environmental integration, provides water harvesting, and natural insulation for the roof. The high fenestrated exterior walls convey ample light into the classroom, and are aided by perforated exterior metal awning to filter the intense noon day sun.

The school interiors are adorned with murals and tiled colored frescos conveying a playfulness and interest in the sciences and learning. Color is utilized to color mood with earth-tones on furniture juxtaposed to the blue of the walls to mimic sky. And at its center a geometric stair pulls upper to a pinnacle light well bathing a multi-stepped agora with light to provide natural seating for rest or an impromptu class.

Extended into the facilities far wings, lie the cafeteria, basketball gymnasium, an expansive workout room, and indoor pool, all bathed in natural clerestory light.




The German School

126,000 SF

Potomac, MD

9201 Corporate Boulevard, Suite 150 Rockville, MD 20851 USA

P +1 301 590 8900



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