Marin Montessori School
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Marin Montessori School

November 20, 2014
Located on a prime waterfront site in Marin County, this project provides approximately 12,000 gsf of new classroom and administrative space, while seeking to reunify the campus master plan through relationships of indoor to outdoor space.  The buildings are directly inspired by the writings of Dr. Maria Montessori, and conform to the guidelines of American Montessori International (and NAMTA) for teaching excellence.

The master plan for the site locates the new structures in a manner that preserves the maximum amount of outdoor space for the children. Classrooms are all placed at grade, providing easy access to newly re-configured outdoor play spaces. Outdoor deck spaces are uniformly located at the end of each classroom, providing fluid movement for children and easy visual supervision. The orientation of the buildings takes advantage of solar orientation, natural ventilation, and striking views from the site.

The building configuration emphasizes flexibility, to allow some spaces to take on multiple uses. Classrooms can are easily adapted for use by different age groups, including movable partitions to allow for lecture/assembly area reconfiguration.

Location / year

Corte Madera, CA / 2005

Project Type

K-12 School

Principals in Charge

Peter Pfau, FAIA, LEED AP


David Yama

Project Scope

Renovation or Expansion

Project Managers

Chris Schabacker

Photographic Credits

Paul Dyer

Square Footage

12,000 GSF

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