Location: Lubbock TX [USA]
Status: Built (Phase-1)
Client: Trinity Church, Lubbock TX
Size: Built – 210,000 sft
Our site approach is defined by movement – of strategically permitting or denying it physically, as well as perceptually — intended to gain control of the site. Restricting access to a north and a south entrance (associated with the upper and lower schools respectively), not only discourages through-traffic as it exists now, but provides an opportunity for each school to develop its own identity and an introduction to the campus. Both approaches culminate into the chapel, the spiritual and physical center of the campus and a marker on the journey from childhood to adolescence. Our second move on the site has been the introduction of thresholds to intercept the city as well as the severe west winds. By thus providing a definition and mass to the edges, the center opens up. Limiting vehicular access to the periphery is a part of the strategy, enabling the bulk of the campus to be a pedestrian experience. The classical presentation of formal facade-architecture unfolds into a continuous experience of the architecture of movement — “the promenade architecturale” — where the journey through the campus reveals its sense of place.
The essential characteristic demanded of the master plan has been flexibility to accommodate the realities of an unpredictable funding structure; a situation where each phase is designed to stand by itself with a degree of autonomy and completeness. The fluid nature of the master plan has also required of the design team hybrid forms of architectural representation and visualization at various stages to enable the clients and their donor base comprehend and support the master plan. Drawings, models, renderings, data sheets, live presentations have sought integration with the school’s capital campaign, often presenting multiple phasing scenarios where each scenario is a variation on the theme of the campus.
Athletics Phase recaptures the site by establishing site axialities.
Elementary Phase addresses and redefines the suburban edge of the site.
Arts Phase anchors the corner and establishes the urban edge of the campus.
High School Phase weaves all components into a campus. The chapel is flexible and can be integrated at any point.
The key consideration in building a K-12 community is acknowledging and expressing transitions — in age, in behavior and in learning. Our effort has been in making environments that break the facility down to personable and identifiable parts for students, which subsequently build upon themselves to make the campus. Classrooms, as the basic unit, cluster around courtyards and these learning communities in turn come together with shared activities, in rich mosaics with the outdoors, to form neighborhoods. Neighborhoods in turn form the campus and congregation. The outdoors environment thus becomes an integral part of learning as well as an identifier with unique scales of expressions reflecting the activities and life around it.