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Wilson Secondary School

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

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Sara Johnson, Hanley Wood Media

Project Name

Wilson Secondary School


170,069 sq. feet


Arlington Public Schools


  • Bjarke Ingels, Daniel Sundlin, Thomas Christoffersen (partners in charge)
  • Sean Franklin (project manager)
  • Ji-young Yoon (project designer)
  • Adam Sheraden, AIA (project architect)
  • Daisy Zhong; Bennett Gale; Anton Bashkaev; Janice Rim; Douglass Alligood, AIA; Aran Coakley, AIA; Ricardo Palma; Romea Muryn; Cadence Bayley; Ziad Shehab, AIA; Tammy Teng; Benson Chien; Valentina Mele; Eva Maria Mikkelsen; Mateusz Rek; Jin Xin; Terry Lallak; Pablo Costa, Intl. Assoc. AIA (team)

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Project Description


The new Wilson Secondary School expands and relocates two existing county-wide secondary programs in a new building. Located in a dense urban context along Arlington’s urban Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor, the school is designed across multiple levels in order to maintain open green space for recreation.
BIG’s design seeks to maintain the feeling of a 1-story school building while still having a vertical organization and the efficiencies afforded by it. The building is designed as a series of classroom bars rotated along a single hinge point. The rotation creates cascading green terraces leading from the educational spaces of the school to the athletic field. Beneath the rotated classroom bars is a pair of large public levels with varying ceiling heights. The large and public functions of the building, including auditorium and gymnasium, are placed on these levels and accessible from the main street front, Wilson Boulevard.
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