The design strategy for the Upper School at Cincinnati Country Day is seen as a mediator of the multiple levels of exchange inherent in both the school and the program. The primarily traditional, surrounding residential community embraces the private, progressively competitive educational campus. Programmatically, Cincinnati Country Day embeds a strong initiative toward technological leadership and advancement, within a child-centered curriculum.
The building embraces the need for flexibility over time, maintaining some building components while replacing or removing others. A fluid skin stretches from the flowing landscape to blanket the building, contorting as it flows to respond to the activity beneath. The roof thereby accentuates the surrounding rolling terrain, extending it to the roof surface.
The dominant existing rectilinear geometry of the campus moves freely within and outside the skin. Simultaneously, a new interiority is developed through the establishment of irregularly shaped Student Centers, Learning Spaces representing the more regularized classrooms, and Interactive Zones that occur within the resultant areas. The composition thereby attempts to strike a constant balance between the rational geometries of the school’s foundations and the unpredictable, yet positive, dynamism of its future.