Space for new facilities was at a premium in a Queens, N.Y., elementary school so it was necessary to squeeze nearly 100,000 square feet of educational facilities onto a 22,000-square-foot inner-city lot. To make the most of the tiny site, the design met the four-story height restriction above grade and added two more levels, including a two-story gym underground, below street level. A large playground sits on the rooftop.

Several colors of brick combined with precast impart scale, texture, and warmth to the school. The brick-precast motif carries through to the inside, where interior brick walls were placed using a stacked bond pattern. Block walls were used in service areas.