Carpe Diem Preschool - Cedar Park, Texas
Developed for Miami (FL) based Endeavor Schools, the concept of school as a community; a collection of learning spaces aggregated around a KIVA gathering hall designed to connect and welcome parents and visitors into the day-to-day educational experience of the young students.
What you are greeted with as you enter the building, the sights and sounds of learning and activity, are very much a part of the Carpe Diem experience. The architect does not separate the administrative functions of the school from the actual learning environment. Instead families are invited to enter into the grand KIVA space through a pair of brightly colored child-sized swinging doors.