Crosstown Elementary School

Vancouver, BC

This three-story, in-fill building designed according to 21st Century teaching principles accommodates 510, K-7 students and includes a neighbourhood learning center. The school features small learning communities within the larger facility. Each community consists of 3–4 classrooms clustered around a large commons as well as a special education service area. This layout allows for groups of variable size and activities from messy, active explorations through to quiet, reflective learning. The facility supports a diverse student population and a range of educational modalities, while providing a space for teachers to plan, prepare and collaborate with one other. Adjacent to Andy Livingston Park, the new school features a community space for before and after school care, and community functions.

Photos © Michael Elkan