Mundo Verde School
Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School is dedicated to educating young people to become global stewards in an increasingly complex world. Their new campus is composed of two buildings; a renovated 40,000 square foot former public school building and a new 10,000 square feet annex.
2018 AIA National COTE Top Ten Award
2018 AIA DC Award of Excellence in Architecture
2016 AIA Virginia, Excellence in Architecture Award
2016 AIA-CAE, Education Facility Design Award
All photos copyright Hoachlander Davis Photography
The new 10,000 square feet annex, called “La Casita,” serves Pre-K and Kindergarten aged students and attained USGBC LEED Platinum certification. Overall, the new combined campus accommodates 500 total students.
The design of the campus is inspired by Mundo Verde’s expeditionary curriculum. Students can take advantage of garden classrooms comprised of indigenous plants that support migratory birds and butterflies, as well as vegetable gardens that are harvested and supplement meals served in the school cafeteria. Both buildings have high efficiency lighting and mechanical systems and low flow plumbing fixtures. The buildings are equipped with light harvesting technology and a grey water system. The grey water system will save over 300,000 gallons of water per year.