The Hamlin School

Location: San Francisco

Project Type:

A stimulating, multi-use play environment designed by PGAdesign is now intensively used and much loved by the school girls, who endearingly named it the “Lions’ Lair.” Capitalizing on the steep site, PGAdesign created tiered spaces — a new lawn, the only one at the school, plus terrace seating for small groups, outdoor choir practice, or a gathering of the entire school community — and significantly expanded an adjacent paved play space. On the otherwise constrained urban site, the new play space bestows on the school a much-needed expansiveness that seamlessly connects with the adjacent dining facility and classrooms.

PGAdesign led a team of engineers to provide new amenities while acknowledging the historic setting of Stanwood Hall, formerly the Flood mansion. We strengthened the historic wall and reshaped the property to effectively endow it with the maximum usable space. From the impressions in the paving that illustrate the evolution of the plant kingdom to the harvesting of the first crop of fava beans grown in the student garden, connection and interaction with the girls’ environment is invited.

Location: San Francisco

Project Type: Education

A stimulating, multi-use play environment designed by PGAdesign is now intensively used and much loved by the school girls, who endearingly named it the “Lions’ Lair.” Capitalizing on the steep site, PGAdesign created tiered spaces — a new lawn, the only one at the school, plus terrace seating for small groups, outdoor choir practice, or a gathering of the entire school community — and significantly expanded an adjacent paved play space. On the otherwise constrained urban site, the new play space bestows on the school a much-needed expansiveness that seamlessly connects with the adjacent dining facility and classrooms.

PGAdesign led a team of engineers to provide new amenities while acknowledging the historic setting of Stanwood Hall, formerly the Flood mansion. We strengthened the historic wall and reshaped the property to effectively endow it with the maximum usable space. From the impressions in the paving that illustrate the evolution of the plant kingdom to the harvesting of the first crop of fava beans grown in the student garden, connection and interaction with the girls’ environment is invited.

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