Mosaica Academy Howard Road Campus
Mosaica Academy is a new charter school located in the Southeast, Washington, DC. The design of the school is based on the Paragon Teaching Method employed by the school, which replaces traditional history and social studies curriculum. The school program encourages students to gain a historical understanding through the chronological study of the evolution of world cultures, encouraging them to identify associated interrelationships and develop a larger picture of history as opposed to memorizing isolated events. The building is designed to exemplify the Mosaica teaching model and physically represent the program inspired within each space.
2011 AIA VA Excellence in Architecture Award
© Studio Twenty Seven Architecture
The building is divided into Play + Performance, Visual Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies. Given that the site was constrained by a thoroughfare off-ramp, the Interdisciplinary Studies wing has been raised to allow parking underneath. The school is clad with a polychrome of colored panels; the Play + Performance wing wedges below to support and stimulate a panel striation based on musical scores; the Arts wing folds to create an entry and connection gallery between an adjacent existing school building.