Edna Maguire Elementary School Entrance

Mill Valley was the historical ‘milling’ town for much of the Bay Area’s lumber supply. Its architectural character is rooted in an eclectic mix of timber, trusses, and various western storefronts. The school design blends Mill Valley’s history with a sustainable plan that works with the natural elements. The design has as much consideration for spaces between the buildings as it has for the spaces within. The surrounding natural environment and the classrooms are linked through extensive windows that open to the north light and surrounding mountains. Various individual garden areas facilitate student learning and respect for nature and natural science.