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Home Building at Thaden School

The Thaden School is a new independent middle and high school based in Bentonville, Arkansas. Centered around three signature programs – Wheels, Reels, and Meals—it will be a hub for innovation where students achieve balance through motion. The campus brings together the historic home of Bentonville’s aviation pioneer Louise Thaden with state of the art classrooms, labs, landscapes and maker spaces; blending old and new into a rich landscape for learning to promote growth of the whole student.

The dynamic architecture of Thaden consists of four main buildings that stretch across the landscape; bending and wrapping to define a new kind of campus. The Home building is the hearth of the campus, providing the dining hall, library, and lounge spaces. The warm, barn-like structure is rooted in the agricultural heritage of the region. Though contemporary in form, the Home building’s board and batten facades and all wood construction - unveiled in the dining hall - reference the beauty of vernacular architecture in Arkansas. This building, like the entire campus, acknowledges the past while establishing a new vision for the future.

Location: Bentonville, AR
Size: 30,500 square feet
Year of Completion:
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