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Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children

San Antonio, TX

Founded in 1947, the Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children is a private auditory/oral school for grades K-5. Lake|Flato designed a campus of five buildings: an administrative building, two early childhood buildings, one elementary building and a parent/infant building (for children up to 3 years old). The facilities include a total of 20 classrooms, a dedicated music and art room, a gymnasium with a full-size basketball court, an occupational therapy room for speech therapists, and three age-appropriate playgrounds. The campus includes kitchen space as well as science labs for the elementary and early childhood wings, an amphitheater, outdoor classrooms, a nature trail and playing fields, creating a tactile and engaging environment for learning.
Photography: Frank Ooms & Dror Baldinger

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It really redefines what a learning or an educational place can be. We especially love how it really integrates into its landscape; the learning environment is in fact the landscape. It really draws on children's imagination to redefine their own sense of place and use in this kind of facility.
Roberto De Leon, AIA, LEED AP
Juror, AIA San Antonio Design Awards