Los Angeles High School #2 is a facility for 3000 students located at the east part of downtown Los Angeles with a budget of $140 MIL. The entire campus is layed out in a form of a door hinge- one of the wings is taken by all the learning facilities, the other one is all the sports and entertaining facilities. The role of the pivot is played by the library which becomes, with its dynamic shape, a focal point in the entire composition.
The campus is defined by five academies, a library connected by a bridge on three levels, an auditorium for different types of performances, a food court locked between the sports and auditorium sections, a sports facility with two halls (one of them capable to hold competitions performances), a gym for aerobic classes, and open field with tennis courts and football field. A bridge on three levels with a catwalk for maintenance purposes runs between the five academies and the library.
The five academies are specialized facilities where students take classes in particular fields as mathematics, literature, physics and so on. One of the ends of the bridge faces an amphitheater for outside classes and the other end looks down to a central plaza surrounded by the library, one of the academies, the sports and auditorium facilities as the food court takes the central position facing the plaza. Instead as a fortress, mostly the way schools are layed out, the master plan of this school is opened towards the community as the plaza becomes a center for it where students, parents, everybody comes together to watch numerous school performances- sports, the school music band entertaining the community evening time, theater and many others. There is a digital billboard next to the auditorium where all activities are announced and the community can follow what time they would be, and where they are going to take place.
Each academy has its own unique name of some famous person who made a world contribution to the science which is learned in each one of them. There is a court yard between every two academies with a unique landscape design where students gather during the brakes. The entrances of the academies are the main architectural points of them by which they are recognized passing by on the bridge.
The architectural style of the five academies is a different nuance of those of “the entertainment center”, sports, food court, and auditorium. The style of the academies is more official, straight-forwarded which tells you this is where students go to get their knowledge, where the serious part of their lives take place. The entertainment center has more dynamic architectural style which tells you that this is where the fun part takes place. It belongs to the community and the community surrounding it as part of it.Location: 4211 Dozier Street, Los Angeles, California- 90063, USA Architect: Dinkoff Architects Project name: Los Angeles High School #2
Size: Buildings: 292, 609 Sq.F.
Parking: 79, 880 Sq. F.
Client: LAUSD, California