Notre Dame High School Center for Arts and Technology

The 50 year old campus in Sherman Oaks, California was designed and built by Laurence Viole, an architect/builder profoundly influenced by the original California Missions. In homage to Viole, Nest Architecture sought to create the new Center for Arts and Technology to weave seamlessly into the existing fabric and create a unified campus.

Nest worked hand in hand with Gensler Associates to develop a Master Plan. The team studied the campus to determine the best location for the new 40,000 square feet Arts and Technology Center. Nest initiated schematic design of the building and worked with Gensler to prepare fundraising tools for the Board of Directors’ capital campaign, including a three minute promotional video.

The campaign was a rousing success and Nest Architecture was charged with moving forward on the building design. The final program included a center for the School’s marching band, a Lecture Hall with Multi-purpose room, a black box theatre complex, Center for Student Publications, Arts Classrooms, Technology Classrooms, a Faculty Resource Center and a Film and Television Studio.

The site chosen for the building was on the east side of the academic quad. The architects divided the building into two components to control the scale, maximize the perimeter for introduction of light and to allow the morning sun to penetrate into the heart of the campus. A bridge was used to eliminate the need for a second elevator and a courtyard was developed between the buildings to foster chance interaction between students and teachers.