Bishop Verot High School

  • Built

Traditionally, civic buildings such as churches and schools often had a monumental presence within the community. They were the pride of place. Functionality is the constant theme of Mid-Century school design in Southwest Florida, though. With staid, efficient buildings the moment for civic expression comes at the main entrance, and that is most evident with Bishop Verot High School.

Bishop Verot's double story entry features a broad set of stairs. The dramatic height declares entrance but leaves the space behind exposed to our severe local sun. A decorative metal screen is a sophisticated response to this predicament. It frames the openings between the columns. These screens, which double as security gates, impede excessive sunshine while providing avenues for continuous fresh air into the entry.

Classrooms are located off a two-story open-air courtyard behind the stairs, which like the outdoor "finger schools" encourage air to flow internally. Air is able to flow from the front door, through the courtyard, into the classrooms and out operable windows.

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