The original Bodega Bay School had been devastated by the elements and pests in this coastal environment and, accordingly, existed a relatively short time for a California school. AXIA Architects shepherded a process that allowed use of the school during condemnation proceedings and construction of the new school. The district wanted a school design that meet their educational program and budget, resisted the elements and fit into the fabric of the small coastal community. AXIA developed a design that was very residential in scale and style, tending toward the traditional cottages typical of homes in the neighborhood. The classrooms were oriented around a central community space with a large south facing window wall. Available sunlight is absorbed by the exposed radiant heated concrete slab.