The new 42,000sf LEED-Silver addition adds capacity to an overcrowded school adding fifteen new classrooms, a band room, kitchen and lunchroom, and featuring a unique roof-top playground enjoyed by students year-round to replace the asphalt play lot now occupied by the addition. A playground at street level with on-site stormwater management were incorporated at the base of the addition. Miscellaneous accessibility upgrades, classroom renovations, and the addition of air-conditioning were integrated into the existing facilities.
The existing school resides in an exclusive Landmark District and consists of an original 4-story school built in 1898. The architecture of the first addition is a 1939 prototype which featured a repetitive series of vertical column expressions capped with stone accents marching along the façade, spaced by large expansive window bays, and book-ended by a visually prominent entryway. To adapt the addition to the existing architecture, we mimicked the orderly repetition of the 1939 portion with a similar series of vertical masonry expressions capped by modern accents, and book-ended by a prominent entryway in order to flank the center 1898 portion of the school as graphically represented in the enclosed rendering.
Those modern accents capping the vertical façade movements of the addition consist of dichroic glass which is a glass that changes color depending on the viewing angle, sun direction, and environmental conditions present. The color renditions are very active and playful; a fitting material to feature at the rooftop playground where children dance with the color “shadows” emitted onto the play surface.