Thaden School

site design | bentonville, ar

Thaden School will be a new independent school located in downtown Bentonville, Arkansas. Andropogon, working with Eskew + Dumez + Ripple and Marlon Blackwell Architects, is designing a campus for an innovative, integrative science and humanities curriculum revolving around the three themes of meals (food), wheels (bicycles), and reels (filmmaking). The design team developed a series of complementary, indoor and outdoor teaching spaces that promote sustainability and hands-on learning. The Thaden School campus will challenge students to fully engage their minds and bodies throughout an integrated campus with programmatic centers for for teaching, gathering, and celebrating; agricultural landscapes for eating, feeding, and cooperative work; and natural landscapes and corridors to provide ecosystem services and exposure to natural processes.