solana beach, ca
Skyline School is a new, state-of-the-art elementary designed to serve as an educational and community center for Solana Beach, a small beach city north of San Diego. The design takes full advantage of a long, steeply sloping site. The plan creates a “split-level” condition, with two-story areas facing a busy street while one-story wings open onto outdoor teaching areas. The east-west orientation of the site led to extensive use of clerestory windows, providing abundant north daylight to classrooms. Skyline School balances sustainability, durability and civic presence with current best practices in education to benefit its 21st-century student body.