King Open Elementary School

Cambridge, Massachusetts
United States

The King Open Elementary School was designed as both an educational facility and a community space for local residents. Direct and indirect layers of light create a cohesive experience in public areas and replicate daylight conditions in the evening, providing exceptional visibility for community use and events after sundown.

One of the main design challenges was to illuminate the high ceilings of the library while providing adequate light levels for the bookshelves. Linear pendants were installed at a height of 14 feet to offer sufficient lighting for the stacks and imbue the ceiling with a mesmerizing glow. The utilization of high efficiency LED light fixtures required by the City of Cambridge allowed King Open Elementary to be the first school to achieve Net Zero design in Massachusetts.

  • Architectural Lighting
  • Sustainable Design
  • K-12 Education
  • LEED Platinum Certified
    USGBC Net Zero Certified
    250,000 sq.ft. | 23,226 sq.m.
    $115 M
  • William Rawn Associates
  • Robert Benson