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Isidore Newman Lower School

Integrating new and old buildings to create an elementary school mini campus.

The Newman Lower School campus incorporates an existing 1970s two story classroom building with two new buildings. Site analysis indicated that the campus would benefit from structures linked by bridges and walkways. Though the school acquired two street rights-of-way in a previous expansion, the buildings’ placement preserves street view corridors and maintains street front continuity within an historic residential neighborhood.

The building which houses the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs is designed to be playful, incorporating colored stucco panels, a variety of window shapes, and a pitched roof. The buildings also define a large playground sheltered from the busy street. Sunshades and brise soleil elements animate the facade while helping prevent heat gain. A series of colorful patterned glass bay windows break the scale of the long facade down to the scale of the children inside.


Isidore Newman School



Project Area

61,350 SF


AIA Gulf States Honor Citation

AIA New Orleans Merit Award

AIA Louisiana Honor Award