PATERSON INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
The International High School is the highlight in an academy system envisioned by Paterson Public Schools Committee, initially devised with input from the educators, administrators, city government, to be in the spirit of the United Nations.
The narrow site posed a design challenge, where our response resulted in program spaces, classrooms and smaller modular spaces promoting personal instruction - having the architectural design improve the user experience and interaction. The center of the school is situated around a 3 story skylight atrium, creating more public spaces for the student community, brining in natural light. The main staircase overlooks the Paterson business district through the large waterfall facade windows. The main curriculum building is flanked by the Gym / Sports Facilities on the south-side, Auditorium / Music classrooms on the north-side.
In the style of AIGA International Symbol Signs to represent different school curriculum subjects and departments. After an extensive design exploration, 20 final designs were chosen, developed, & laser cut out of aluminum sheets.
$43 Million 115k Sqft 500+ Students 4 Acre Site