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INTERSECT Case Study Beloit Turner Elementary School

October 6, 2020
Intersect Case Study Beloit Turner Elementary School for Bray Architects

The third case study in INTERSECT Volume I explores Beloit Turner Elementary School. Here, grade levels are paired into two wings of the school, with each grade identified by its own themed neighborhood representing a local or regional placetype: Industry; Farmland; Wilderness; or Riverfront.

Key Elements of classroom design considered in the Beloit Turner Elementary School1 Case Study:

The placetype themes encourage students to feel connected to their learning environments by shaping a unique sense of place. Each placetype’s corridor provides an extension of classroom, where all four key elements are fully employed.

The power of these learning environments is enhanced by thoughtful interventions at the threshold between classrooms and corridor. Large windows and sliding glass doors between classrooms and resource spaces help to blur physical and visual boundaries, offering a seamless expansion to the core learning spaces.

Renderings of four different corridors in the Beloit Turner elementary school using colors and shapes to highlight farmland, wilderness, riverfront, and industry corridors

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1 Wierman, McKenna. “4 Key Elements of 21st Century Classroom Design.” Getting Smart, January 27, 2017.

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