Children’s Day School Preschool
A new early childhood education center nurtures development through sustainable design.
Responding to Constraints
Informed by the challenges of building within a confined urban campus, our approach to the new preschool at Children’s Day School (CDS) is rooted in a commitment to preserving and enhancing outdoor spaces while respecting the site’s rich historical context. The new low-profile, single-story building embraces the mid-block open space concept, elevating the play yard onto the roof and optimizing available space. Street-facing windows are strategically positioned above eye level to provide privacy for the students, while on the opposite side of the building, they extend to full height creating an open connection to the adjacent play yard. In response to the historical site context, the design draws inspiration from the school’s proximity to the original Mission Dolores and existing campus buildings. The combination of contemporary materials with those reminiscent of the classic Spanish style evokes a tangible connection to the site’s rich history while embracing a forward-looking vision.