Designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, L.B. Landry High School is located in New Orleans, United States. This new high school for the Louisiana Department of Education Recovery School District was part of a post-Katrina ‘quick start’ construction program to accelerate the replacement of five damaged schools within an extremely aggressive timeline (6 months for design and 20 months for construction). The 236,000 sq ft building serves a student population of over 900 students and contains a 1000-seat competition gymnasium, a 250-seat auxiliary gym and a 650-seat auditorium. Additional performing arts spaces include classroom and rehearsal spaces for dance, choir, band and art as well as a black box theatre.
The planning of the school is organised around an academy system – comprehensive groupings of classrooms, labs and support spaces. The design establishes academic ‘houses’ for each grade level provided within two classroom wings.The core learning spaces are configured ‘horizontally’, one academic house per grade, including classrooms and science labs.