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Marmol Radziner, 9 Dots Community Learning Center, Los Angeles, green classroom, reused materials, water efficiency, courtyard, biofiltration, green architecture

The main building comprises a large open classroom and three smaller ones, accompanied with a lounge area where parents can wait for their children. The second building is reserved for sports and group events. A courtyardwith outdoor seating separates the two structures. This open space features custom benches and a wood trellis and, when the accordion glass doors are open, spills into the interior of the buildings.

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The renovation includes a new biofiltration system to treat stormwater, while water-efficient plumbing fixtures help economize on water consumption. Bike racks outnumber parking spaces, which is meant to encourage alternative methods of transportation.

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