10 BOUCK COURT, PRE-KINDERGARTEN
Brooklyn, NY, 2016
Educational

The Rose that grew from Concrete

A school renovation for Pre-K. 
A community of children and teachers located across the street from an elevated train line and a sanitation industrial garbage dumping ground. 

An opportunity to create for young bodies and minds. 
A place of natural light. 
A place of magic, serenity and fantasy. 
A place for the young to imagine. 
A place of rooms and meeting spaces scaled for intimacy with light and its ever changing patterns, delight, dark, soft, hard and shadows. 

The forecourt - a garden in the concrete - begins the architectural sequence. A metaphor for the potential of all young bodies and minds. 
 

The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur:
“Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete? 
Proving nature's laws wrong, 
it learned to walk without having feet. 
Funny, it seems to by keeping it's dreams; 
it learned to breathe fresh air. 
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else even cared.”