“There’s always been this belief that buildings aren’t just buildings...but that they can actually inspire human beings to achieve great things.”
Demonstrating a cultural connection to the community.
Dade Middle School is located in an underdeveloped and underrepresented part of Dallas. To honor and bolster the primarily Hispanic and African-American community, designers created an innovative façade with a storytelling element. They created an angled curtain wall pattern with glass colors based on the geometric composition of a quilt researched at the famous Gee’s Bend Collective, an African-American quilt guild known throughout the world. In the African-American culture, quilting has been used for centuries to pass down stories of triumph. Several of the Collective's quilts are on exhibit at the school, reinforcing design theory and the history and culture of the school.