Brookwood Forest Elementary Dining Porch

Mountain Brook, Alabama

Set within a mid-century elementary school context, this screened-in porch addition is linked to the existing cafeteria by three glazed overhead doors. The primary challenge was to resolve the inherent conflict between boisterous elementary school students and the fragile insect screening while creating a light, airy, and transparent structure.

The design solution incorporates built-in benches and a cable rail system around the porch perimeter that keeps children away from the screen while maintaining unobstructed visibility down to the bench seating. Custom benches and rolling tables were part of the project scope.

Client: Mountain Brook Schools

Cost: $75,000


2016 Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects, Birmingham Chapter

2016 Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects, Alabama Council