Woodland Hall Preschool Open House

Classroom door leaning against a wall in Classroom B, waiting to be installed.

Classroom door leaning against a wall in Classroom B, waiting to be installed.

The time has come to celebrate! Our clients, the Woodland Hall Preschool, are throwing a party to celebrate the opening of their new school building. We have been privileged to be their design team on this 18-month long project, and we could not be happier to raise a glass with the best group of educators, organizers, and advocates for early childhood education in Seattle. From our first walk-through of this nearly derelict building, to volunteer work parties in the garden, these folks have maintained a beautiful vision and a bright outlook.  

They allowed us to experiment with every aspect of the design:  structure, preservation, materials, lighting, and even landscape.  Our research into Reggio Emilia educational philosophy led our decisions to open classroom spaces as much as possible, even tearing out existing ceilings to expose the trusses and ductwork above.  

Silver Lining Shades:  concept sketch and 3D mock-up

Silver Lining Shades:  concept sketch and 3D mock-up

Natural light and custom light sculptures illuminate the structural and support systems of the building as they float like clouds above the busy life of the children below.

In the downstairs classroom, a townscape mural covers three walls, creating a back drop to the sophisticated pretend play of the older children.  

Concept development for the classrooms

Concept development for the classrooms

The childrens' garden is divided into outdoor laboratories, where students can explore nature and scramble over a wide ranging terrain of different textures and materials. Their edible garden will be implemented over several seasons, a combination of container and in-ground plantings. The covered play area and green roof make the outdoor play area accessible 365 days a year, a necessity in our rainy climate.  

We will add a gallery of professional photographs to our online portfolio soon, but we couldn't wait to share. Please join us at the Open House this weekend and see for yourself!

WOODLAND HALL PRESCHOOL    516 NW 56th Street, Seattle WA   

OPEN HOUSE     Sunday November 20  10 am – 1 pm