The architects at Marmol Radziner renovated the 9 Dots Community Learning Center in Los Angeles to create more transparency and openness and include sustainable design elements such as reused material, biofiltration and water-efficient plumbing. The complex includes two renovated and structurally upgraded warehouses that would house quiet spaces for individualized study and recreation areas.
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 courtyard with 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.
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.