Ziger/Snead Architects|Southway Builders|Baltimore Design School
The Baltimore Design School is a new Baltimore City Public combined middle and high school with a focus on Fashion Design, Architectural Design, and Graphic Design. The new $18,975,000, 115-000-square foot school is created from an abandoned factory building in a redeveloping Arts District. The building’s transformation from blight to a state-of-the-art facility within the confines of a minimal budget demonstrates the power of design through best practices for historic renovation, adaptive reuse, educational design, and sustainable design.
The design exposes and contrasts the building’s historic fabric with modern interventions that stimulates student’s curiosity of the building’s history and their role in creating the school and its future. The new exterior additions are modern and restrained in expression, clearly demarcating the difference between new and old. The interior aesthetic is that of an open industrial loft where existing walls and structure that remain are sealed and left exposed to view.