RESEDA CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL DESIGN COMPETITION

RESEDA CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL DESIGN COMPETITION

Client LAUSD + DLR Group
Location Reseda

Reseda Charter High School (RCHS) was built in 1955 in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. Since its founding, interdisciplinary collaboration has played an important component of the 29-acre campus. As such, the current modernization project aims to enhance pedagogy through increased campus connectivity and indoor/outdoor learning. RELM’s landscape imaginatively plays off the school’s original mid-century modern vernacular, employing a complimentary layout and planting palette: significant lawn areas, narrow plant beds around the buildings, and minimal species. Plantings for the new construction will expand the existing plant palette to include various native and climate-appropriate plants that will yield a more resilient campus able to accommodate the climatic fluctuations of the 21st century and amplify the campus’s extraordinary mature tree canopy. RELM also designed a bold, graphic paving pattern, reminiscent of Burle Marx’s lauded Brazilian landscapes.