April 18, 2022 | Updated: April 19, 2022


This Arlington school is being turned into an icon of architecture

The Maginnis+del Ninno Architects studio is redesigning a school from the mid 20th century using large format ceramic tiles by PORCELANOSA.

Designed as a set of horizontal and symmetrical cubes, this school in Arlington (Virginia, USA) has completely refurbished its facilities with the large format Technic Nieve porcelain stoneware by Porcelanosa (STON-KER®). This was the material chosen by the Maginnis+del Ninno Architects studio to shape the horizontal façade of Bishop O'Connell High School.

Lighter, more open classrooms

Through the ventilated façade system with Butech hidden fixings, this building intersperses the 325 m2 of Technic Nieve porcelain stoneware panels with rectangular windows of different sizes for natural light to enter. This open form updates the original educational facilities (built in 1957) and commits to harmonious design for the well-being of students, teachers and visitors through white, cream and blue tones.

See it in Projects Porcelanosa.

Architecture: Maginniss+Del Ninno Architects

Construction company: Scott Long Construction

Installer: Pillar Construction

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