The organizing principles of this Charter School, designed for a site on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles place a large light well/circulation corridor along the existing facade of the adjacent Mays Building, and push the more specific programmatic elements to the exterior. This maintains access to light and views for the occupants of the Mays Building, while also simplifying my structural system. I also developed a double-skin louver system along the southern facade to avoid unnecessary solar heat gain during summer. The walkways along the interior ‘alley’ of the project are constructed from frosted structural glass to allow light to permeate through the space. The irregular geometries of the walkways allow the opportunity for unplanned programmatic gathering space to encourage intellectual/educational dialogue. Balconies were added along the exterior facade of the classroom to create an experiential aspect to the louvered facade. By pushing my project more vertically, I not only maintained its visual impact against the existing street facade but also opened up a significant portion of space on grade to be landscaped as a public plaza and a private garden. Undulations in the geometry of the louvered facade adds visual interest from the street.