Princeton Middle School and High School Viking Village
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Viking Village serves as the focal point for the Princeton community at large. Once separated by Chester Road, Princeton Middle and High School have been combined to form a 550,000 sf campus, where the schools have separate wings, each of which appears like an outstretched arm to welcome visitors in. Viking Village connects the schools, serving as an anchor for the campus, hosting shared amenities such as cafeterias and an arena-style gymnasium. CR designed the campus to allow for these 3 communities – the middle, high school, and Princeton community - to share these amenities, while respecting the logistics that at times the communities need to be physically separated. This separation also comes into play as a solution for security. Dividing doors and overhead walls allow the campus to feel open, yet provide quick security solutions when necessary. The schools share an identity, which is translated to the community via Viking Village’s main entryway, which includes a large Viking that can be seen from Interstate-75. Viking Village is the culmination of a six-year, three-phase project that reconfigured the entire campus and allowed students to remain in place throughout. Each space has been crafted to empower the individual while promoting the community.