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Cal Young Middle School Courtyards


Eugene, Oregon

DLA provided full landscape architectural services for this new District 4J Middle School. The featured spaces include the entry and central courtyards. The abstract forms within the courtyards are intended to promote an imaginative environment for learning and social skill development.

The entry courtyard provides a welcoming space and initiates a flow that visually connects to the Central Courtyard beyond the building’s core.

The Central Courtyard serves as an outdoor classroom and dining space, and it has become a popular social gathering destination. Subspaces provide art studio extensions with sculpture display platforms. The forms, colors and composition within the courtyards suggest an interplay between academic abstractions, geometry and natural systems. Textural plantings provide attractive accents that highlight each season.