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SCHOOL ON THE HILL

Montessori Elementary School & Urban Wildlife and Research Center

Lamia Albunni & Maria Berger


The School on the Hill is an interactive K-5 school run by a wildlife research center with an emphasis on STEM education through a nature-based and Montessori style approach. The school aims to educate young children ages five to eleven about environmental sustainability and conservation in the Hamilton region. This center is part of an ongoing effort to manage and protect valuable natural resources in the Ohio River Valley while improving the quality of life for its citizens. Children who attend the K–5 program will not only meet Ohio Learning standards but will engage in experiential learning and creative discovery. The curriculum will be inquiry-based and studentdriven. The inherent wonder, complexity, and beauty of the natural world will serve as a catalyst for each child’s growth and development. Children will “learn by doing” through child-initiated play and active hands-on exploration of their environment where they gather information, pursue new questions, and construct their own theories of how the world works.


The research center and school’s facilities will integrate in a way that will foster student’s growth. The researchers - with the assistance of teachers - will become creative facilitators and mentors who model an ethic of respect and love for sustainability and the environment. In addition to teaching, the research center houses a number of facilities, exhibitions, and libraries for the researchers and visitors who enjoy the outdoor life. The center frames the urban wildlife of Mount Adams and is designed as a state-of-the-art building aimed for sustainable activities that helps convey the captivating natural and cultural history of the Hamilton region. The building grows out from the terrain and blooms at the canopy level to provide a panoramic view of the scenic surroundings. The building design thus provides an inspiring activity spot for the many aspects of outdoor life by interacting with the surrounding landscape and reinforcing the relation between indoors and outdoors. There are a wide range of indoor and outdoor recreational activities within the various facilities, which include museums and shops.


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NALYSIS


RESERVOIR

MOVING GROUND ACTIVE SHALLOW-SEATED LANDSLIDING


RS POTENTIALLY UNSTABLE GROUND

POTENTIAL FOR DEEP-SEATED LANDSLIDING

THE O H I O RI VE R

PRONE TO LANDSLIDES


MIRROR LAKE

E D E N PA RK

F RI E N D S H I P PA RK


WA L NU T H I L LS

TWIN LAKES

COLUMBIA PARKWAY

RIVERSIDE DRIVE

THE O H I O RI VE R

DISCONNECT


DESIGN P


PROPOSAL


EXTEND & LINK


SUSPEND


STABILIZE


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EDEN PARK OVERLOOK

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ENTRANCE

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SPENCER OVERLOOK

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KROHN CONSERVATORY

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TRAIN TRACKS

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GONDOLA

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TRAIN STATION


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PROGRA


AMMING


EDUCATE

RESEA


ARCH

VISIT


VISIT RESEARCH EDUCATE


VISIT RESEARCH EDUCATE


SECTION AA

KROHN CONSERVATORY

SCHOOL DROP-OFF

PARK STATION

DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI

SPENCER OVERLO


OOK ENTRANCE

EDEN PARK OVERLOOK

SCHOOL DROP-OFF

SCHOOL DROP-OFF CINNCINNATI BARGE & TRAIN STATION

PENDLETON & HYDE PARK ENTRANCE

MASTERPLAN


SCHOOL CURRICUL


LUM & LANDSCAPE


GARDEN FOREST SHRUBLAND WETLANDS


ARCHITECTUR


RAL ANALYSIS


The architecture is growing from the landscape an continuous, suspe


nd blooming at the canopy level that forms one ended walkway


EDUCATE - WEST CAMPUS


CEILING PLAN


EDUCATE - EAST CAMPUS


CEILING PLAN


VISIT - MUSEUM


CEILING PLAN


RESEARCH - LABS & LIBRARY


CEILING PLAN


RESEARCH - LIBRARY


CEILING PLAN


*interval sections every 10 feet from the X and Y axis.


X-RAY AXONOMETRIC ANALYSIS


SECTION BB


ARCHITECTU


URAL MODELS


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Lamia Albunni & Maria Berger / School on the Hill  

The School on the Hill is an interactive K-5 school run by a wildlife research center with an emphasis on STEM education through a nature-ba...

Lamia Albunni & Maria Berger / School on the Hill  

The School on the Hill is an interactive K-5 school run by a wildlife research center with an emphasis on STEM education through a nature-ba...

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