SkyView Academy, located in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, took its roots from an unlikely and seemingly challenging existing environment –a former Home Depot building. While the existing warehouse space provided its set of challenges for the design/build team of JHL Constructors and Hord Coplan Macht, it also offered a spectacular canvas for a charter school. The design concept was arrived at through a collaborative process of meetings with members of the client, design and construction teams. The overriding idea was to create a dynamic educational experience by using building blocks of material, color and translucency to enliven the volume of the large warehouse space. Since the building was not originally intended as an educational facility, the design phase focused on renovating this former retail space into the client’s goal of organizing classrooms based on age and creating informal breakout areas. Varying the shapes of rooms, the application of materials that change in texture, color and substance, along with sensitive color placement throughout the school, allows students to easily identify exploratory classrooms. The result of the variety of shapes and colors provides a playful “streetscape” that supports the Core Knowledge Curriculum through the study of scale and space.