Longfellow Middle School
In collaboration with multistudio, BASE is working on a renovation of Longfellow Middle School. As a school that has suffered years of divestment and neglect, it was especially important that BASE focus its early design efforts in a robust community outreach and engagement program to fully understand the spirit and desires of this tight-knit community of students, teachers, and families.
The result has been a concept plan that celebrates the imagination and creativity of the students, while also providing moments to connect with nature and expand a well-loved agricultural and culinary program at the school. A vibrant blue paving pattern will carry students throughout every stretch of campus - toward outdoor classrooms with large pebble seating, through uniquely shaped platforms where students can gather, connect, see and be seen. A colorful new track and sportsfield provides opportunities for both organized and informal play and exercise, including a climbing wall and fitness course. The new design transforms a previously asphalt-covered campus into a greener and more playful space, using a strong allee of trees to facilitate circulation and bioswales to catch and clean stormwater runoff throughout. These elements come together to create a vibrant new state-of-the-art facility that sets Longfellow Middle School apart from its peers, a campus that the Longfellow community can both take pride in and feel celebrated by.
client. Berkeley Unified School Disctrict
team. BASE Landscape Architecture
Milton Reynolds Consulting
year completed. Ongoing