Menlo School Play
Menlo Gymnasium is a proposed two-story building that abuts the edge of Menlo middle school and the residential district of Menlo California. Large existing Oaks filter through the site creating a dense canopy that serves as a buffer between the gym and adjacent development. A 25’ ball wall forms the southern edge of the gymnasium extending into the landscape as a flexible outdoor space. Thermal paints on the asphalt form strong measured graphic lines for utilizing the vertical ball wall surface--forming a flexible outdoor gym where the students can invent their own games adjacent the ball wall. The active outdoor space extends up into a wood deck that serves as a passive viewing platform that is protected by an existing canopy of oaks. This project was designed by J. Lee Sticklew while at SWA Group.