Cragmont Elementary School is located on a steep hillside in the North Berkeley hills.  Consisting of classrooms, multi-purpose rooms, a library, and offices for the Berkeley Unified School District, the building curves along the north-side road to preserve bay views from nearby homes and to accommodate a large level playing field to the south.  Articulated forms and sloped roofs divide the building mass into smaller volumes compatible with residential neighbors.  Cedar siding, stucco, and board-form concrete fit into the local landscape.  A third-floor media center and rooftop terrace provides neighborhood meeting space and spectacular views of the bay.  At the lower level, a large multipurpose room opens directly to a generous south-facing terrace for outdoor teaching or weekend community events.

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