Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School
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The design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

Nature is embraced by the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The roofline at the front of the school echoes nearby hills. The school is built on the site where, in December 2014, 20 first-graders and six adults were shot to death.

 (Robert Benson)
Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

A view inside the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

Inside one two second-story treehouses where students can read or teachers can meet with small groups. At the rear, the property looks out on trees.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

A playground bench at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School is adorned with handprints.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

The lobby of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School, with embedded surveillance cameras. The $50-million new school, built on the site of 2014 shootings, is welcoming its first students.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

Acknowledgments of the Sandy Hook Elementary School, past and present.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

The central lobby of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School opens up -- through a two-story glass wall -- to views of trees beyond the back of the property.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

A playground bench at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

A collection of mementos in a Sandy Hook classroom.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

Colored blinds screen windows at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

Playground swings at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

A classroom in the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

The front of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

A mosaic in the new Sandy Hook Elementary School. Members of the media tour the building.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

At the new Sandy Hook Elementary School,  Steve Flick, project superintendent with Consigli Construction Co., and Julia McFadden, architectual project manager with Svigals + Partners, show members of the media a new classroom.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

Students will enter the Sandy Hook school by crossing one of three short footbridges spanning a bioswale, a garden designed to filter rainwater.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

The old Sandy Hook Elementary School before it was razed.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

In this Oct. 28, 2013, aerial file photo, workers use backhoes to remove rubble during the demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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Design for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School

The pickup/dropoff area at the front of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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The back of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Beyond is a thicket of trees.

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