Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Tincher, Stephanie Suzanne URN etd-07152009-182318 Title Structure & Freedom - A Montessori School in Georgetown Degree Master of Architecture Department Architecture Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Chair Hunt, Gregory Keane Committee Member Ritter, James William Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 1996-06-28 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe design challenge of this project was to create an engaging environment for learning; one that through its architecture, encourages discovery, sensory and intellectual development and stewardship of the environment.
This school seeks to embody the Montessori ideal of “structure and freedom”. Through the design process, an “architecture of opposites” emerged – edges and endings, light and dark, solid and transparent, quiet and noise, city and nature, bridge and barrier. It is this struggle between opposing forces that creates a dynamic environment.
A site at the intersection of P and 26th Streets in Georgetown on the western edge of Rock Creek Park was chosen for the project because of its nature as a haven within an urban context.
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