A multi-story volume, highlighted by a soaring canopy, expresses the entry to the Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School and acts as a lantern at night for the community. This entry is set back from the busy street to provide a safe outdoor plaza for students to gather. A central courtyard is accessible from the lobby and is viewed by and contained on three sides by classrooms, the Cafeteria, and Gymnasium. A voluminous two-story “commons” area flooded with natural light and containing an open ceremonial stair, acts as a kinetic node for students to gather and circulate.
Jack Lowe Elementary School is part of a combination elementary and middle school for DISD, the new 224,000 square foot facility is located in an aging neighborhood ready for development. The two schools will function separately but share a kitchen, central plant, and auditorium. Each school has its own private courtyard allowing for access to separate playing fields. Multi-story components in each school preserve site area for soccer and football fields, competition softball and baseball diamonds, and hard surface play courts for both schools.