John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects — On the border between a residential neighborhood and an industrial zone, the Green Dot E. 27th St. charter high schools turned two warehouses in South Los Angeles into a two-school $13.1 million, 77,000-square-foot campus with 50-plus classrooms and community and administrative spaces. "It has real merit," said Marion Weiss. "You’re in an environment that’s all about walls and somehow, in the legibility of that urban environment, the walls begin to do something entirely different."

Project Credits

Client Pacific Charter School Development User Green Dot Public Schools Architect John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, Los Angeles—Alice Kimm (principal-in-charge); John Friedman (supporting principal); Sameena Sitabkhan, Vu Nguyen, Manuel Rohrhofer, Kazushige Shichishima, Emmet Ashford-Trotter (project team) Structural Engineer Mackintosh + Mackintosh Structural Engineers Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer Han Engineering Electrical Engineer Pacific Engineers Group Landscape Architect Mia Lehrer & Associates Civil Engineer Paller-Roberts Engineering Sustainability Consultant Global Green Acoustics Jaffe Holden General Contractor Del Amo Construction