Walden Middle School

  • area / size 114,500 sqft
  • Completed 2019
  • Hollis + Miller Architects created the strategic and efficient design for Walden Middle School located in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Visual connectivity and strategically designed collaborative spaces have led to an evolution of learning styles at this newly combined middle school.

    Driving up to the building, you immediately feel the sense of space and pride created by Walden Middle School. Exterior signage and artwork can be illuminated with interchangeable colors to celebrate special occasions and holidays. The space was designed and built to give students access to outside daylight, while also ensuring safety and security as well as the durability of the building. This feeling of openness and transparent connectivity has attributed to the lack of bullying, according to the principal. Lockdown features also can be activated at the push of a button, securing 75 percent of the building.

    In addition, the three academic wings are flexible and include operable walls, allowing for customization and collaboration throughout. The wings are connected by the gallery-like commons, where students’ work can be showcased, as well as the media center. The green building is seeking LEED V4 certification to demonstrate how the design played a crucial role in extending the building’s life cycle while incorporating impactful and sustainable features.

    Design: Hollis + Miller Architects
    Photography: Alistair Tutton