Frederick Fisher creates stucco buildings for California school hit by wildfire - architecture and design

Frederick Fisher creates stucco buildings for California school hit by wildfire



American firm Frederick Fisher and Partners has completed a trio of hilltop buildings for a California school that was partly destroyed by a wildfire.
The Ojai Valley School Upper Campus project sits on a 195-acre (79-hectare) site overlooking the Ojai Valley in Ventura County, about two hours north of Los Angeles.
The project is a trio of hilltop buildings. Photos top and above by Logan Hall
The project was designed in the wake of the December 2017 Thomas Fire, which devastated the region and wiped out two buildings on the upper campus of the school.
Founded in 1911, the Ojai Valley School (OVS) is an independent boarding school that serves kindergarteners through 12th graders. In addition to its upper campus for high school students, it has a lower campus near downtown Ojai for younger pupils. Light grey stucco clads the school. Photo by Tim Street-Porter
Frederick Fisherand Partners, which has offices in LA and New York, began working with the school in 2015 to devise a master plan for future growth. When the fire struck, the project shifted in scope.
"We reset from our previous planning with the OVS community and seized this rare 'blank canvas' opportunity to create a functionally and aesthetically unified, state-of-the-art learning, living and gathering village," said Frederick Fisher, founding partner and design principal.
The buildings are interspersed with walkways and gardens. Photo by Breadtruck Films
The studio conceived three, rectilinear buildings th...
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