Bond Architects served as the design architect to transform Ladue Horton Watkins High School into a 21st Century collegiate-level environment. Two new additions, as well as impactful renovations, reimagined the existing building. After a thorough review of the existing space and needs of the school, it was determined that a large 127,000 square foot three-story classroom addition with a focus on expanded STEM classrooms and a new Media Center, as well as a single story 13,500 square foot Music Addition, was needed. The review also determined the need for an extensive 128,700 square foot renovation of the existing classrooms, cafeteria and former library.

The demolition of the 44,000 SF west wing clearly established a new hierarchy for the campus. This provided an appropriate location for the new 140,000 SF wing, allowing the reoriented campus to better accommodate student vehicular and pedestrian traffic into the campus. As part of the renovation and addition, a new STEM wing was added to fully integrate Engineering and Project-Lead-The-Way classrooms adjacent to the lab/lecture classrooms. This is intended to foster collaboration on projects that cross multiple aspects of the curriculum.

Key focus areas of the addition and renovation design includes bringing daylight into the classrooms and public areas of the building, creating classrooms correctly sized for their purpose, organizing departments with logical adjacencies, as well as wayfinding and better circulation around the building.

The new two-story Media Center/Library provides amble space for students to work collaboratively or independently. Special features like a broadcast studio classroom, coffee commons and large multipurpose room accentuate the forward-thinking curriculum and opportunities Ladue offers its students.


This time lapse video of construction for Ladue Horton Watkins High School showcases the exciting transformation.

An animated video of the proposed project showcases a unique view of the new additions by Bond Architects (design architect) and Hastings+Chivetta (architect of record). Photo-real renderings below were created by Bond Architects.

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