My high school was a wasteland of concrete, leaks and bright orange furniture from circa-1971, whose unnatural colours and wonky legs only heightened the depressiveness of their surroundings.
In dramatic contrast, LA County High School #9 has just opened for business. Situated across the collossal 101 Freeway from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, this public school is aimed at visual and performing arts students. Such dramatic architecture is a bold gesture for a building type rarely known for its great architecture. Alongside the Disney Concert Hall, it has also helped turn the once-derelict central LA area into a must-see architectural destination.
Would my education have been any better had I been taught in an architecutral masterpiece by CoopHimmelb(l)au that cost eight times more than anticipated? Probably not. But at least the chair legs would have been straight.