Discovery Elementary School Branded Environment
Client: Arlington Public Schools
Location: Arlington, Virginia
Scope: School Branding, Wayfinding, Educational Signage, ADA/Code Signage
Architect: VMDO Architects
The carefully themed graphics and signage package, combined with the building’s net-zero energy design, creates a custom and unique learning environment that promotes environmental stewardship for Arlington County students.
The design team created a kid-centric, place-based, wayfinding narrative that went beyond navigation to support a larger vision of spatial interaction.
Discovery Elementary School utilizes evidence-based research proving that young learners benefit from learning and living in an enriched environment. Collaboration with the architects provided a holistic design where every nook and cranny of the school is arranged to create a seamless integration between design, sustainability, and learning.
The design team created a kid-centric, place-based, wayfinding narrative that went beyond navigation to support a larger vision of spatial interaction. The wayfinding helps carefully shape different grade-level environments that reflect each grade’s expanding curriculum and identity. As students progress through the school, their world expands—with the first floor themed around earth eco-systems and the second floor themed around the sky and solar system. Integrated in the wayfinding are colors, icons, and educational signage featuring real-world facts related to grade-level theming – which collectively transform wayfinding features into creative educational opportunities relating students and their actions to environmental stewardship.