Portola Hills Elementary School
Trabuco Canyon, CA
Innovative design creates light-filled flex space for creative learning.
Adding dedicated space for innovation studies was a key part of Saddleback Valley USD’s modernization plan, but it came with a challenge—fitting a new building into a quad enclosed by established buildings. AMS found an innovative solution, craning custom-designed GEN7 modules over existing structures to give Portola Hills the creative learning/making space it needed. To maximize both functionality and flexibility in a 70×36 footprint, the open layout is sectioned into an innovation lab and library, each with its own entrance. Interior NanaWalls create breakout areas for private meetings and small group projects. High ceilings, Solatubes and storefront windows make a compact space feel larger, while filling the entire building with natural light and outdoor views.
- Frosted glass NanaWalls partition space and provide a two-sided writing surface
- Natural ventilation and safe, low-VOC materials maintain superior indoor air
- Sustainable, energy-saving technologies create a healthy learning environment
Innovation lab, library + restrooms
AMS gave us a way to execute a big vision in a small space. Gen7’s versatile design blends flexibility and flow, defining different areas for collaboration, creation and quiet space, all connected for fluidity of movement. From the room-brightening skylights to the writable walls and corner studios, the design makes smart use of every square foot, creating a homey, engaging environment that makes students love learning.
Saddleback Valley Unified School District