Client: Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica High School (Samohi)’s Discovery Building houses 260,000 s.f. of varied programs. A new campus landmark, it comprises 5 levels plus roof garden. Focused on courtyard with cascading bleachers, this ‘loft’ building has a flexible column grid; raised floor system; and non-bearing walls for easy reconfiguration. Sustainable features include photovoltaic and solar thermal arrays and a ‘living’ green wall. Classrooms have operable glass walls linked to commons. Overhead doors at communal facilities seamlessly connect interior and exterior. A contemporary take on Samohi’s original Modern style, the building has deep-set windows in simple, curved cement plaster planes. John Dale was Principal-in-Charge with HED (Architect of Record) in association with Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners.
Awards and Exhibitions
Los Angeles Business Council 52nd Annual Architectural Awards
Honorable Mention, Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards
Honor Award Westside Urban Forum
A4LE Planning & Design Award, Juror’s Choice Award
ENR Southern California Region Best K-12 Education Project
Green California Schools Summit Leadership Award
Southern California Development Forum Design Awards (unbuilt category)
We bring decades of experience from the big, brand name architecture firms and understand their pros and cons. We avoid splashy salesmanship, preferring to focus on executing the work well and getting excellent client referrals. We produce top-end, innovative design and bring a passion for craftsmanship and fine architectural details. We have carefully structured Synchronis to run on a flat, efficient operational structure, allowing us to convert fee dollars into bespoke, personal attention and the extra time needed to produce high-quality construction documents with fewer holes and defects.