PROJECT Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, Heartwood Annex
PROJECT LOCATION Pittsburgh
ARCHITECTURE FIRM Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
CONTRIBUTORS & CONSULTANTS
Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, Heartwood Annex
Architecture - Small
The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is an independent, non-profit K-8 school located on a two-acre campus in the city’s Bloomfield neighborhood, home to more than 200 students and faculty. While the majority of classrooms and administrative areas are housed in a historic Victorian-era mansion, rising student enrollment indicated the need for expanded classroom space on school grounds. The Waldorf School engaged our practice to design a standalone classroom for eighth grade students that reflected its guiding principles and commitment to sustainability, and would support a pivotal stage of student development, growth and transition. While fostering a sense of independence and separation from the main school building, we situated the 1,000 square-foot classroom as a stand-alone structure connected to the school’s cherished green space, bringing plentiful natural light into the interior and creating a strong connection to the outdoors.