Chabad Elementary School
San Diego, California
Design Consultant: Bielski Architects
Architect of Record: Hak Sik Son, FAIA
The Chabad Elementary School is surrounded by a grove of eucalyptus trees on its 27 acre property. The 50,000 square foot campus is organized around two large public courtyards. The surrounding natural landscape ′spills′ into the eastern courtyard (with multi–purpose building) and continues through to the more enclosed western courtyard (with library and kindergarten pavilions). The two courtyards are shaped by the school′s various functions, with each building assuming a district identity – creating an intimate school–village atmosphere. The northern side of the campus provides a generous terrace, which overlooks the soccer field and distant views beyond.
Mr. Bielski collaborated with Mr. Son on the project′s initial design conception and through the design development phase.