The renovated middle school building features general instruction classrooms and other facilities for sixth and seventh grades, and art and drama spaces for grades six through 12. The new facilities include an auxiliary gym, two large art labs; a wood shop for drama and theater; two drama classrooms; a costume shop and costume storage area; a 3,700 SF dance studio; and two science labs. A new third-floor dining area has two serving lines and can seat 210 students and staff. The renovated building also features a new roof and windows. Two large exterior courts were covered with skylights to create two-story common areas and art galleries.
Durham School of the Arts is a secondary magnet school focused on the visual and performing arts. RATIO’s design for the 1926 middle school building creates a vibrant, collaborative learning community that integrates all aspects of student life, and provides a 21st century school facility within a largely conserved early 20th century building.