The Westminster Academy located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA was designed in 2007 by the architectural practice of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris as a place in which the pupils can take control of their education through a theater of learning with an open layout that encourages interaction.
The rectangular geometry of the structure is covered in glass panels and terracotta tiles that define the landmark, while the interior leads into a “marketplace” on the ground floor connecting the communal spaces visually from the tall atrium.
The interior is decorated with raw concrete, timber and blockwork after which graphics and artworks add extra elegance to the space, encouraging exhibitions. The academy hosts 128 employees and 1175 students and the local community also has access to the sports facilities of the school as well as to most of its venues.
The design was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2008 for its bold façade and rich colors relating to the urban life around it.